Germany -Government claims outstanding social security payments of over 3000 staffing firms -September 24, 2012

The government launched 3200 investigations into underpayment of salaries and social security benefits by staffing firms that signed up to a collective agreement declared illegal by the Federal Labour Court in May. The aforementioned collective agreement was closed between employers and a number of smaller Christian unions and provided for lower wages and social security contributions than the regular collective agreement. The labour court ruled that the agreement ‘lacked bargaining capacity’ and declared it retrospectively void.



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