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Germany – Employers “scaremongering” temporary workers

17 October 2012

Employers in Germany yesterday warned that the new collective agreement in the temporary staffing industry will cut low-skilled jobs because of higher pay rates, but this has today been denounced as “scaremongering” by politicians.

Germany’s Green party said that employers always react “in the same way” when wage increases are introduced. “This is raising fears that jobs will be lost and vacancies will be moved abroad. This is scaremongering and devoid of any reality,” said the spokesperson for the party, Beate Müller-Gemmeke.

She argued that temporary agency workers should benefit from equal pay in all sectors of the staffing industry. So far bargaining agreements have been achieved in some of the largest sectors, but Ms Müller-Gemmeke said that national regulations should not be ruled out yet.

This is despite Germany’s Labour Minister recently praising the new agreements. The Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the temporary staffing industry will be closely monitored, but reiterated that national laws on equal pay will not be introduced for the time being. 

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