Meat processor Vion hires 3,300 flex workers in Germany


The Dutch meat processor Vion is hiring 3,300 temporary workers in Germany. These are personnel of subcontractors and temporary workers who currently work for the meat company on a temporary basis. The German parliament recently put an end to this temporary employment contract for meat processors.

These are workers who are engaged in the slaughter, improvement and packaging of the meat. This mainly concerns flex workers from Eastern European countries who are spread over the fifteen branches of Vion in Germany. According to Vion, this puts an end to flex contracts that run through external agencies in Germany. Nothing will change at the group’s branches in the Netherlands.

The decision is a direct result of changes in legislation in Germany. In July, parliament passed a bill that would subject meat companies to strict new rules. For example, large meat companies are no longer allowed to call in external forces for the slaughter of animals and the cutting and processing of meat: this must be done by employees. The law also includes minimum requirements for shared accommodations for seasonal workers.

Also read: All meat workers should be employed, the German government believes

In the Netherlands, Vion and other meat processors have been discredited in recent months due to the relatively high numbers of corona infections among slaughterhouse staff. According to the unions, many people in the slaughterhouses became infected because it is difficult to keep a sufficient distance in the workplace. Many slaughterhouse workers, often seasonal workers, also live together in shared housing. In Germany, the large-scale corona outbreaks in the slaughterhouses prompted the Employment Minister Hubertus Heil to intervene and come up with the new rules.

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