The Danish MEP Christel Schaldemose has criticised German slaughter companies for systematically attempting to undersell the slaughter industry in the neighbouring countries.
In the wake of the announcement of just under 500 redundancies at two Danish Crown slaughtering plants, Schaldemose has demanded an official investigation into whether the increasing dominance of German companies is the result of unfair trading.
According to the MEP, Danish and French market players report that German slaughterers regularly knock their rivals out of the bidding race by undercutting them by a considerable margin.
Social democrat Schaldemose believes that is attributable in no small measure to the high proportion of foreign workers in Germany who, according to her information, often earn less than five euros per hour.
The politician regards the minimum wage put forward by the NGG union and the ANG employers' association for the German slaughter industry as unworkable, as it is still significantly lower than the Danish and French wage levels. She also criticised various allowances offered for the official German veterinary checks, which she believes could represent inadmissible state subsidies.
Source: afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung 6/2014