Concerns raised over seasonal workers conditions in Germany

Seasonal workers from Romania who flew to Germany for work have raised concerns about the conditions they are working and living in, saying that hygiene and social distancing rules are not being respected.

Two weeks ago, an error at the Cluj-Napoca airport allowed 2,000 seasonal workers to fly to Germany while the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing in both countries. 

According to a letter sent to the Romanian government by the German-Romanian Association for Integration and Migration, many of these workers were not even offered a labour contract.

“The fact that they are fired from one day to the next and simply thrown out on the street is above any limits, and for this happens during a pandemic, with known restrictions.”

“The fact that these people came here, even during the pandemic, is not to be condemned, given that they no longer had anything to live on in the country, but it is outrageous that their rights are not respected and that they are treated like slaves,” the letter reads.

The Romanian Embassy to Berlin posted on Facebook several details regarding German labour legislation and other information for Romanian workers, urging them to never sign documents they cannot understand.

On April 2, Germany lifted its ban on seasonal farm workers entering the country, announcing that farms can bring in 80,000 people in April and May to harvest their crops.

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