Customs searched 27 companies in Saarland and southern Rhineland-Palatinate on suspicion of undeclared work in the hospitality industry. 126 employees in hotels, pensions and inns were asked about their employment on Wednesday, the Saarbrücken customs office said on Thursday. Eleven workers were suspected of working illegally. Three other people were presumed to be in Germany without permission as non-EU citizens. In addition, one person is alleged to have received unemployment benefits unlawfully.
In addition to the extensive controls, customs made employers aware of the minimum wage increase. Since July 1, this has been increased to EUR 10.45 per hour. The final increase to 12 euros per hour will take place on October 1st.