Working in the pandemic: a Volkswagen employee with a mask
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"I want us to resolve this in the federal government on Tuesday": Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (both SPD) want to initiate compulsory corona testing for companies this week.
According to SPIEGEL information, the Volkswagen group has already decided to "provide all employees with two quick tests per week."
VW Board Member Gunnar Kilian said: “In the fight against the corona virus and its aggressive mutations, self-tests and quick tests in all companies, businesses and companies can be a valuable and solidarity-based contribution by the German economy to lockdown as early as possible break up.
Rapid tests must therefore be offered in all companies. "
According to information from "Bild am Sonntag", Heil's plans provide that all employees who are not in the home office have the right to a corona test per week.
Anyone who has a lot of customer contact or who works with food should be entitled to two tests.
It is sufficient if the employer makes self-tests available to his employees.
The SPD parliamentary group generally called for two weekly tests - regardless of the infection situation.
The CDU and employers - with the exception of VW - have so far rejected compulsory testing.
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