GERMANY, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The Tönnies Group continues to increase its capacities in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. According to the group, about 17,000 pigs are currently slaughtered per day. In agreement with the authorities, work is now done in two shifts. Before the Corona crisis, the East Westphalians hooked up to 25,000 animals at their headquarters.
Meanwhile, export restrictions to China are no longer an issue, a company spokesman told the German trade magazine afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung. The Chinese market is served by various German locations of the company group.
At the same time, Germany's largest slaughterhouse is getting serious about taking over the contract workers. After the public excitement surrounding the establishment of numerous subsidiaries, Tönnies has now notified the Federal Cartel Office of the takeover of the Crailsheim-based personnel service provider Lazar. The company, which has around 200 employees, has so far slaughtered and cut up cattle at various locations on behalf of Tönnies.
Tönnies will probably have to take over further subcontractors or their employees in order to achieve its goal of permanently employing all contract workers from the slaughtering, cutting and processing sectors by the end of this year. He does not anticipate any great difficulties in doing so. Either the companies would still be needed as service providers to look after the employees or they would devote themselves to other tasks, Tönnies explained in an interview with afz.
As in the interview, Tönnies defended the founding of subsidiaries as shelf companies at the end of last week. This was a completely normal procedure in an international group. Legal foundations were required for permanent employment. At the moment, it is still completely unclear what forms of organization the planned law would provide. Tönnies had therefore founded these companies as a precaution. The founding of the subsidiaries of the group triggered a new wave of public outrage and a shitstorm. Tönnies was suspected of wanting to circumvent the abolition of work contracts by means of smaller production units.