Germany tightens regulation of its meat industry after a flareup in coronavirus infections in several slaughterhouses sparked a storm of criticism. The move comes in response to accusations that workers are exploited to keep meat prices low.
Working conditions in the meat industry have made headlines after COVID-19 outbreaks in slaughterhouses. Investigators are turning their attention to subcontracters suspected of smuggling in migrant workers illegally.
The new rules agreed by the German government take aim at the meat industry's widespread use of subcontractors and seeks to bolster the rights of migrant workers. DW takes a look at what the changes mean.
Anglea Merkel's Cabinet has approved a draft bill that would ban the use of subcontractors and agency workers in the meat industry. Although this should mean working conditions get better, not everyone is pleased.
Germany's meat industry is preparing for upheaval after coronavirus outbreaks exposed unsafe conditions for its large base of Eastern European workers. But will the government's plans do enough to strengthen protections?
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