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A TV documentary has accused car manufacturer Daimler of paying agency or contract workers lower wages than permanent staff. The report, broadcast by regional TV channel SWR this week, saw a reporter posing as a contract worker.
The undercover reporter would have been entitled to a monthly net wage of around €990, but his pay was raised to €1,550 due to welfare benefits he was entitled to because he has four children. This pay is lower than those of regular workers who can earn a minimum of around €3,400.
To get the job, the reporter contacted a staffing firm which transferred him to a logistics company used by a Daimler plant in Stuttgart. The carmaker has now been accused by some labour experts of illegally using temporary employment, a claim the firm denies.
Daimler said it investigated the accusations. The company now claims that parts of the documentary were faked. But according to local media reports Daimler management is now facing a legal complaint, following the accusations.