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Germany – Staffing Industry libelled

30 January 2013

Representatives of the German staffing industry yesterday criticised the continued “defamation” against recruitment firms in the country, following complaints from a member of the German parliament.

Beate Müller-Gemmeke, a politician from the German green party, said the government was not doing enough to monitor staffing firms to ensure they stick to regulations. She said this could lead to abuses in the staffing industry.

Only 14% of staffing companies underwent an externalinsection by the federal labour agency last year, a news report in Spiegel claimed. This information is based on figures by the German government after an enquiry made by the Green Party.

Ms Müller-Gemmeke accused the government of ignoring the problem. “Temporary agency workers have to rely on themselves and ensure they receive the rights they are entitled to,” she said.

She also said the federal agency had failed to pick up abuses in the staffing industry after the government confirmed it had looked into only three cases where staffing firms may have violated rules.

“The defamation of the staffing industry has reached a new level,” said Werner Stolz in response. He is the head of the German federation of staffing companies (iGZ). “Now there is criticism if the federal labour agency does not detect violation against temporary staffing regulations,” he said. 


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