According to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), the federal government expects around 2.1 million short-time workers during the corona pandemic. “But we also take into account that the numbers could be significantly higher,” said BA board member Christiane Schönefeld New Osnabrück newspaper from Thursday. The employment agencies normally employ 900 people on short-time work. 2,000 additional forces are to be used for this task. In the past week alone, there had already been 76,700 advertisements for short-time work.
The car company Daimler announced on Thursday to switch to short-time work. It should initially apply from April 6 to April 17 and affect a large part of the production of cars, vans and commercial vehicles as well as selected administrative areas. Daimler employs around 170,000 people in Germany. A large part of the production is already at a standstill, the employees are currently reducing vacation and their working time accounts. Short-time work then begins after this first phase, which is initially set at two weeks.
As reported by the Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE), more than 90 percent of German retailers want to use state aid to deal with the »corona crisis« or are already doing so. The HDE interviewed 600 companies. The association estimates that up to 300,000 locations are currently affected by closures due to the respective regulations in the federal states. A large number of companies will not be able to survive the crisis without state emergency aid, said HDE general manager Stefan Genth.
The German Automobile Club (AvD) criticized that the petroleum industry was not fully passing on the lower crude oil prices to drivers. The AvD complained to the broadcaster that it was precisely the working people who “continue to work” even in this crisis situation and who “maintain the security and supply of all of us” MDR. Crude oil prices have dropped about 60 percent since the beginning of the year. (AFP / dpa / jW)