Tighter rules: the CDU is struggling with a new meat law

The Federal government has launched on Wednesday its controversial draft law for a reform of the meat industry and for stricter labour inspections on the way. T

Tighter rules: the CDU is struggling with a new meat law

The Federal government has launched on Wednesday its controversial draft law for a reform of the meat industry and for stricter labour inspections on the way. The Union faction in the Bundestag to report but a need for Change. The labour market policy spokesman Peter Weiß (CDU) is strongly in favour of allowing meat producers in the future, a certain degree of flexibility in dealing with fluctuations in demand: "In the parliamentary deliberations, we will consider what arrangements are necessary for seasonal production peaks can be flexibly captured without that, these regulations are prone to abuse," said White after the Cabinet decision. Before Union faction Deputy Gitta Connemann (CDU) had registered strong objections to the law.

Dietrich Creutzburg

economic correspondent in Berlin.

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The Minister of labour, Mr Hubertus Heil (SPD) presented a draft law in particular provides that enterprises in the field of meat production and processing from 2021 to no foreign staff in the Form of temporary workers and contract employees are allowed to use. Who is working there, it is imperative to have a firm contract of employment directly with the meat plant. In order to combat the possible workarounds, and to allow for a greater democratic participation of employees, should also be a coordinated co-operation between the Meat plants banned; this is also likely to affect the case that companies want to give at a higher capacity utilization for the BBQ season part contracts to other providers. Craft enterprises with less than 50 employees are to remain unaffected by the new rules, however, excluded.

Normenkontrollrat: "another negative example"

In addition, the draft law provides for new Minimum standards for living conditions in collective accommodation for workers. In addition, a digital recording of hours of work in the meat industry is mandatory. Moreover, the countries with your control should be required authorities to significantly tighter employment protection checks; these new control requirements concern not only the meat industry, but companies in all industries. Because of the significantly increased need for staff of the authorities, the draft law provides for however, an implementation period up to 2026.

The CDU deputies Conn man had criticized periods in addition to content-related objections, the fast-track procedure of the Cabinet decision, with an unusually short Consultation. It is now the regulatory control Council, the Federal Chancellery established bureaucracy of the government guards, confirmed: "The introduction of departmental participation a week prior to the involvement of the Cabinet, is another negative example for the increasing practice of note deadlines in the case of politically important projects," writes the Board in its opinion on the draft law. "Better lawmaking and a thorough content-related consultation of draft laws are not possible under these conditions."

healing warns of Changes to the draft law

the Minister of labour of healing, the language of the Cabinet decision of "a good day for the labour protection in Germany". He warned the Bundestag and the Bundesrat to change the law in the parliamentary discussions. This should "not have a Lobby to impress, that wants to save very much money in your business model," he said. Warnings of higher meat prices as a result of the new regulation, he rejected. "I think that is a hollow lobby argument," said salvation and brought indirectly a limitation of corporate profits, to the game: Rather than burden the consumer, "one must talk then about the profit margins in this industry," he said.

Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 08:20

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