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Germany – Technology firm follows VW with temp charter

10 December 2012

The board of Norma Germany, a publicly listed engineered joining technology supplier, has signed a works agreement which will ensure “adequate employment and remuneration” for temporary agency workers, the company reported last Friday.

The global company, which last year made revenues of nearly €600 million, is using temporary staffing solutions to meet high demand and has a temporary staffing quota of around 15%.

It was only last week that Volkswagen signed a charter to offer agency workers equal pay across worldwide operations.

Norma Germany will follow suit by introducing an equal pay principle which is implemented in stages. After six months, temporary agency staff will be paid the same salary as permanent employees. And following over 15 months of employment with the company, agency workers will receive permanent contracts.

The works council welcomed the agreement, calling it a “major” step towards equal treatment.

Stephan Koenig, Head of HR at Norma Group, said: “Norma Group treats its employees responsibly. This applies both to our permanent and to our temporary staff. In addition, temporary work complements apprenticeships and direct hiring as another way to join our company permanently.”

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