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News trade unions require better protection of seasonal workers

14:30  22 october  2021
14:30  22 october  2021 Source:   rp-online.de

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The union Build Agrar Environment has demanded a better social security of seasonal workers in agriculture.

Erntehelfer beim Spargelstechen. Symbolbild © Peter Steffen / DPA harvesting helper during asparagus. Symbol image

"The permanent massive labor rights infringement in the seasonal work must finally stop», explained the IG Construction Vice Harald Foam on Friday in the presentation of the annual report 2021 of the initiative fair agency work. According to the union, around 274,000 migrant workers were again used in the various harvests in Germany in the current year.

In the report, numerous cases are documented, in which the most of Eastern Europe with various methods have been brought by their righteous pay. Defective accommodations for which partly excessive rents have been demands as well as inadequate corona protective measures are other frequent shortcomings, which have noticed the initiative's operating visits. The partly imposed strict labor compartment barg, as well as foam, a high abuse potential, because the employees were practically forcibly bound to a company.

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DGB Income Anja Piel criticized the time extended during the pandemic to 102 days, in which seasonal centers were allowed to be employed without social security. The next government coalition must end the "exploitation in German fields", the trade unionist explained. "Social non-secured short-term employment must be limited in all industries to a few days a year." State controls would have to be expanded and working time reliably detected. In addition, employers should bear the costs of decent accommodation.

The duty of life insurance applicable from the coming year does not emphasize, Katharina Varelmann said from the initiative fair agency work. You expect many employers to complete private group insurance contracts with unclear scope of services. However, workers have no direct and employer-independent access to benefits.

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