When the boss cheats on pay: in the kronach district, not all employees are paid what they are entitled to by law. The trade union nahrung-genuss-gaststatten (NGG) criticizes that. NGG refers to new figures from the federal ministry of finance. According to the report, in the first six months of the year, the responsible main customs office in schweinfurt initiated a total of 84 investigation procedures due to unpaid minimum wages. In the hotel and catering industry, the officers of the financial investigation office for clandestine employment (finanzkontrolle schwarzarbeit – FKS) found 22 cases of fraud.
For michael grundl of NGG upper franconia, one thing is clear: "every death is one too many. It is unacceptable that even two years after its introduction, not all companies are complying with the statutory minimum wage." Special industry minimum wages, such as those for hired labor, were also too often undermined.
Grundl sees the increase in controls as positive. In the first half of the year, schweinfurt customs officials inspected 128 hotels, inns and restaurants, according to statistics – that’s 42 percent more than in the same period last year. "The more basic the customs checks, the greater the risk for businesses in the kronach district of being caught in dirty practices", the trade unionist emphasizes. For this, however, the customs staff must be significantly increased. The work of the TCS is one of the most important means of enforcing compliance with the minimum wage across the board, grundl continues. Once again: "trust is good, control is better."
At the same time, the NGG opposes plans to weaken the documentation requirements for the minimum wage. The CDU/CSU and FDP had spoken out in favor of this during the election campaign. Grundl: "only if employees record their working hours accurately can wage cheating be prevented. Because in the hospitality industry in particular, it happens time and again that chefs try to force their employees to work overtime for free." The customs half-yearly balance sheet is the result of a recent inquiry by beate muller-gemmeke, member of the bundestag, to the federal ministry of finance. Across germany, a good 3.700 businesses in the hospitality industry inspected by customs – 21 percent more than in the same period last year.