After the Tönnies scandal, the German government should target the root causes of the exploitation of East European workers, Vladimir Bogoeski argues in the IPS Journal.
Germany is praised internationally for its successful response to the Corona pandemic. Yet, the crisis highlights the precarious conditions in the German meat industry. In meat processing companies such as Tönnies, migrant workers from the European periphery are too often treated as disposable human resources, doctoral student Vladimir Bogoeski argues in an article for the magazine International Politics and Society. Consequently, reforms should “address the root causes sustaining the injustice that slaughterhouse workers have been enduring” and for example strengthen the role of labour unions in the industry.