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Every twelfth temporary worker in Germany has received unemployment benefits in the last year, according to figures provided by the German Government. About 65,000 out of the over 900,000 temporary workers in the country have received such benefits, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs stated after the opposition party, Die Grünen, submitted a freedom of information request. This is an increase of 7,000 from the year before, the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung reported.
In 2010, the Government had used around €420 million to pay out unemployment benefits to temporary workers. The trade unions in the country have for long fought for equal pay and although temporary workers now receive a minimum wage, many still struggle to get by, the unions claim.