Berlin (dpa) – Unions and employers are fighting over the future course of the corona in German companies.
Employer President Rainer Dulger welcomed the planned abolition of the requirements for companies and announced that they would continue to take protective measures. Anja Piel, from the board of directors of the German Confederation of Trade Unions, warned on Monday: “Courageous measures are needed to combat the high infection rate. Friendly ads are of little use.
Dulger told the German Press Agency: “The easing that is now being planned for companies is necessary and makes sense.” They are the necessary reaction to protective operating concepts and a high vaccination rate of employees. “Even after the legal regulation of 3G access has been lifted and the obligation to work remotely no longer applies, the economy will continue to maintain effective protection measures,” Dulger announced.
The draft regulation of the Federal Ministry of Labor states that in future employers should assess the risk of the virus themselves and define appropriate measures in a concept of company hygiene. The ordinance is expected to pass the federal cabinet on Wednesday.
Until March 19 inclusive, employers are still required to offer tests at their companies at least twice a week. Where other measures do not provide sufficient protection, there is currently a mask requirement. In addition to these regulations, the company’s 3G regulation applies, according to which employees must carry proof of vaccinations, convalescence or test certificates. Working from home is mandatory if the type of work allows it.
As for mobile work, Dulger said it will continue to be used in companies without legal obligation. Piel warned: “Employers should not ignore the fact that working from home, where possible, remains a useful tool to limit contacts and thus the risk of infection.”
The DGB sees the risk of contagion at a high level
The trade unionist recalled that incidents are increasing again. “This also keeps the risk of infection at a high level.” The home office offer obligation was introduced in response to an extremely low rate of mobile working amid the peak of the pandemic.
Dulger criticized as superfluous that the Department of Labor wanted to anchor the central office again, partly through the back door, in the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance. The draft regulation contains the information that there is no legal obligation to work from home, but that employers have the option to offer home work to their employees.