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Germany — Metal industry in favour of temporary employment

03 May 2010
The President of the employers association for the metal industry (Gesamtmetall), Martin Kannegiesser, bets on temporary employment and the future of the Euro.

Kannegiesser told German daily Die Welt "it is difficult to plan ahead in our industry, which is why we need flexibility, both upwards and downwards. We need flexibility in employment and we need temporary employees."

"Temporary employment stabilises our industry. It does not replace our core know-how, which is why temporary employees must not be as expensive as our core permanent employees. Otherwise, we would not be able to afford them."

"The question is really how large the difference in pay [between temporary and permanent employees] should be. For this we need decent minimum pay agreements between employer organisations, temporary employment agencies and the unions. What is totally unacceptable is to systematically replace permanent staff with cheaper temporary employees."

On the question of whether the Euro might collapse under the strain of the financial problems of Greece and other European countries, Kannegiesser said "the political and economical integration of Europe has gone beyond a level where we could go back [to the Deutschmark]. I believe in the power of Europe. It has sufficient dynamism to get over this current crisis."



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