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Work contracts in the meat industry: do better working conditions really make meat more expensive?


Work contracts are to be banned in the meat industry. The industry warns of higher prices in the supermarket. Right? Our editor spoke to experts and did the math.

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The federal police moved in with 800 officers this Wednesday to search business premises and apartments in the meat industry in several federal states.

It was about workers allegedly smuggled illegally from Eastern Europe.

The raid again shines a spotlight on working conditions in an industry that in the Corona year 2020 already had more public attention than it should be.

After frequent corona infections at the largest German meat company Tönnies and other slaughterhouses, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) reacted - and introduced a law that will largely ban contracts for work and temporary work in the industry from 2021.

Since then, the Federal Association of the German Meat Industry has been rioting against the law - and is primarily citing the cost argument: the consumer price for meat per kilogram and product is likely to rise by 10 to 20 percent, according to the German meat industry's social policy committee.

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