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Car manufacturer Daimler has announced plans to impose stricter regulations this year for temporary agency workers in its administration and development departments, mirroring similar rules in the firm’s production branch.
Erich Klemm, member of the supervisory board at Daimler, said in an interview with Automobilwoche that permanent jobs should not be filled by temporary agency staff.
“This should secure the sentiment of the collective agreement and the law,” said Mr Klemm. He stressed that agency workers should only be used temporarily. They should be given an opportunity for permanent employment if they work at Daimler for long periods of time, he said.
“The principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’ must of course be maintained within temporary employment,” he said.
This comes after the political party Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), which has strong affiliations with Angela Merkel’s ruling party CDU, said over the weekend that national legislation may be necessary to achieve equal pay in the German staffing market.