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Germany – Opposition party seeking to forbid temporary work

07 March 2012

The German Government today issued a press release saying that the left-wing party Die Linke “wants to forbid temporary work and turn it into regular employment” whilst also branding temporary employees as second-class employees.

The German Bundestag, the federal parliament, said it had received a request from the party which demands the Government produce a draft bill that will align it to the party’s demands. The left party wants to see a bill that will oblige firms to give temporary employees the same conditions as permanent employees and “take them over into regular employment.”

The left-wing party explains that the current 900,000 temporary workers in Germany face an insecure future and could be “employed here today and there tomorrow.” The party also claims that temporary workers get paid far less than permanent employees although the German Government has introduced a minimum wage for temporary staff. The party said that “every twelfth temporary employee has to claim unemployment benefits because the salary does not secure their existence.”

One of the points mentioned by Die Linke is that “in times of crises [temporary employees] land on the streets first” and temporary workers “live in fear.” The party further says that temporary staff are “second class employees. This needs to be ended.” Moreover it emphasised that more needed to be done to end “sham contracts” which employ temporary workers illegally.

It is expected that the German Bundestag will discuss the party’s request this Friday in Parliament. 


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Banning TAW would be against EU regulation

Denis Pennel07/03/2012 3:09 pm

Banning temporary agency work (TAW) would be detrimental to the German economy: it would increase level of unemployment, reduce companies' competitiveness and restrict the freedom of choice (to work with a different contractual arrangement) in the labour market.

In addition, such a situation would be against EU regulation, as the newly adopted EU Directive on TAW totally excludes such a ban.

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