Meat industry German Bundestag deals with working conditions

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
View from Platz der Republik to the illuminated Reichstag building at dusk.
Photo: Deutscher Bundestag / Axel Hartmann
View from Platz der Republik to the illuminated Reichstag building at dusk.

The corona outbreaks among employees of several slaughterhouses also calls the German Bundestag into action. The Green Party has requested a topical lesson this week on "Working conditions in the meat industry".
"Exploitation in the slaughtering industry must finally come to an end", said the parliamentary manager of the parliamentary group, Britta Haßelmann, in Berlin. She said that it could not be "possible for the bosses of slaughtering companies to steal away from their responsibilities via subcontractor networks".
Schweinehälften - Zerlegung BU Werkvertrag
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People's health must not be subordinated to profit interests, the Green politician warned. Better and more frequent controls of the companies were necessary. Those responsible in corporations must be held accountable. In addition, the financial control of illegal employment must be better equipped. In addition, there must be information and advice on workers' rights for workers coming from abroad.

Meanwhile, the German association Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL) described the current outrage of many politicians about the often unacceptable living and working conditions in slaughterhouses as not very credible. "For years now, the Federal Government, the Bundestag, all state governments and the local authorities concerned have been receiving reports of unsustainable conditions," explained AbL Federal Managing Director Georg Janßen.

Janßen called on Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner and Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil to bring together the responsible persons in the meat industry, the customs authorities and the municipalities. Binding measures must be taken immediately in order to significantly and permanently improve the working and living situation of employees. Politics and the industry owe this to the workers as much as to the farmers, "who fear for the sale of their animals in the face of plant closures and fear a further drop in prices".
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