Seasonal workers in Germany: Come to reap

There were unusually strong words, the Romanian Ambassador in Berlin informed at the end of June to the Federal government. In the light of the Corona-outbreaks

Seasonal workers in Germany: Come to reap

There were unusually strong words, the Romanian Ambassador in Berlin informed at the end of June to the Federal government. In the light of the Corona-outbreaks in meat establishments such as Tönnies, Emil Hurezeanu warned, the working and living conditions of many Romanian workers in the German agricultural and meat industry would have to be improved "urgently". His country expected that the Federal government is implementing legal projects to further regulate the industry. Now the Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) travels to a two-day visit to Romania, to proclaim to both the Prime Minister, the Minister of foreign Affairs and the Minister of labour: enforcement.

Julia Löhr

business correspondent in Berlin.

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In his Luggage, he has the occupational safety and health control law has decided at the end of July, the Federal Cabinet. Companies in the meat industry may use in your production schedules, therefore, in the future, more workers. Also may be you have no employees, which are employed in the framework of contracts for work with other employers. In the event of violations, administrative fines of up to 500,000 euros of the company.

But is this enough, to the at times rather heated mood between the two countries cool down? Still, the act of healing must first through the parliamentary process. Especially in circles of the Union, there is criticism of the targets for the company. In addition, the law only concerns contracts for work in the meat industry. At least equally important role of Romanian workers who help out as a seasonal labour force for a limited period of time – in the agriculture play.

Corona onset on the vegetable farm

Around two thirds of the foreign workers in Germany come from Romania. They grow strawberries, asparagus, or cucumbers and pick up the Crop again. For the physically demanding work hardly German were the last forces, for many Romanians, however, these Jobs are paid comparatively well and attractive. In ordinary years, up to 300,000 Seasonal workers come mainly from Eastern Europe to Germany. As the Federal government has imposed interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) at the beginning of the pandemic, suddenly, an entry stop for seasonal workers, was appalled by the state Ministry of economic Affairs – after all, the food supply was tense in the first few weeks anyway. The entry stop was eased quickly, subject to conditions. But also quickly showed that the work conditions, despite health checks on entry and less cramped accommodation, the Virus can quickly spread.

Updated Date: 12 August 2020, 08:19

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