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Last week's ruling by the labour court of Berlin to declare as null and void the minimum wages negotiated by the 'Tariff Association of Christian Unions for Temporary Employment and Staffing Agency Services' (CGZP) has started a chain reaction in the German temporary employment industry.
Drugstore chain Schlecker, which employs temporary staff via their in-house temporary employment agency Meniar on the basis of CGZP-negotiated minimum salaries is facing major national strikes over the coming months organised by the Verdi Union.
Officially, Meniar is an independent temporary employment agency. Unofficially it is widely thought to be an in-house organisation which provides Schlecker with cheap staff and circumvents minimum salary agreements.
Peter Mumme, President of the Association of Medium-sized Staffing Agencies (AMP) told WirtschaftsWoche "we reject the avoidance of existing bi-lateral agreements on employment conditions and pay between unions and employers (Tarifvertrag) under the cover-up of temporary employment."
Meniar is currently a member of AMP but shows no sign of resigning membership. Mumme went on to say "membership of our association has nothing to do with the way Schlecker hires people."