Companies threaten to lay off – SWR Aktuell

Employees who have neither been vaccinated nor recovered will have to be tested in the future. If you refuse, you can lose your job. Businesses need to check 3G status.

Every employer in Baden-Württemberg has to struggle with the pandemic and the economic consequences. However, every company goes its own way to protect the workforce from Covid-19 and to keep operations going. Some company canteens, for example, have only been open to visitors under 2G conditions for a long time. For some time now, external visits have only been carried out in compliance with the so-called 3G rules at many companies. Wherever possible, many employees work in the home office or in spatially separated offices. In the care industry, however, there is already a discussion about compulsory vaccination, for example.

Obligation to test and to provide information on vaccination status

From Wednesday on, the legislature stipulates that every employee who cannot work from home must comply with one of the three Gs – recovered, tested or vaccinated. Only then can work be carried out at the workplace in the company. It is still unclear whether the status of every employee has to be checked on a daily basis or whether random samples are sufficient. In a company where 500 people work in one shift, checking is a mammoth task. Nevertheless, according to a SWR research, most companies welcome the 3G obligation in the workplace.

For Stefan Wolf, CEO of the automotive supplier ElringKlinger in Dettingen an der Erms (Reutlingen district), this regulation comes far too late. He told the SWR that companies should have been given permission to control this much earlier. Because he currently has no overview of his company’s vaccination rate.

3G verification is time consuming for businesses

At the textile company Trigema in Burladingen (Zollernalbkreis) it is already clear how 3G should be checked. According to the press office, the enforcement of the 3G rule began on Monday in order to remedy any organizational deficiencies in the tests, explains the sportswear manufacturer at the request of the SWR. “For us it means a considerable amount of additional effort, since the effort involved in testing the various shift models that we offer is great,” said press spokeswoman Nicole Thomann. Before starting work, there will be controls and tests in each department.

According to PR manager Marc Fritz, the shirt manufacturer Olymp Bezner in Bietigheim-Bissingen (Ludwigsburg district) has been offering all employees who do face-to-face work in the company since April twice a week Corona self-tests for lay use. This can be done free of charge in specially set up test stations. “From now on, all team members have the opportunity to have their full vaccination protection or recovered status recorded using valid evidence,” he told the SWR. This information is made available to the respective department heads.

For employers, “3G in the workplace” can mean a lot of work.

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Anyone who does not want to be tested can run into problems

When asked by SWR, the textile company Trigema announced, “These employees are not allowed to enter the workplace and are released.”

In the worst case, anyone who refuses to take part in the 3G measures in operation must expect a termination, according to ElringKlinger boss Wolf. He is also president of the employers’ association Gesamtmetall and wants to “consistently implement 3G in the workplace.” The member companies are also advised through the association to do so. “If someone refuses, then, of course, first of all, he threatens that his wages will not be paid, and secondly, that he will be dismissed,” said Wolf.

Union considers threats of resignation to be excessive

Termination threats are inappropriate and, according to Julia Friedrich, Managing Director of the German Trade Union Confederation District Baden-Württemberg (DGB-BW), do not help in advertising for vaccinations. According to Friedrich, it should first be checked whether activities can be done in the home office or other solutions are available, she told the SWR.

According to the Federal Ministry of Labor, employees must “generally fear the consequences of termination law” if they cannot or do not want to present 3G proof and therefore do not perform any work.

Employees assemble drive trains for electric vehicles from VW and Audi at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau (Photo: dpa)

The new 3G rule will take effect in the workplace from tomorrow: All employees on site must then be vaccinated, recovered or tested. provides answers to the most important questions …

Anyone who does not want to do a quick test at the shirt manufacturer Olymp Bezner in order to comply with the 3G regulation must first expect the consequences if their work cannot be done from home. At most companies, employers will in future offer employees two tests a week on site. “Employees have the right to have their employer carry out the test twice a week,” explains the head of ElringKlinger. The employees then have to organize the remaining three tests of the five-day week themselves.

Unions consider action appropriate

One of the biggest obstacles to the 3G rule was data protection – and above all the question of what companies are allowed to know about their employees. In the past, workers’ unions had great concerns when it came to disclosing vaccination status.

“Our members in the clinics, in the intensive care units, have been sounding the alarm for a long time. They are at the attack, the exodus from the health professions has long since begun. We therefore know for sure that stricter rules will unfortunately be needed again,” said ver.di Baden -Wuerttemberg on SWR request with. “We consider 3G in the workplace to be an appropriate measure in the fourth wave,” after all, 3G has been in effect for children in schools for a long time. “With the implementation of 3G, the legal regulation will now also have consequences under labor law.” But everyone can avoid this with a reasonable effort, says Andreas Henke, press spokesman for the ver.di regional district of Baden-Württemberg.

Data protection and security must be guaranteed

In view of the dramatic development, according to the German Federation of Trade Unions in the Baden-Württemberg District (DGB-BW), the 3G regulation can help contain the pandemic in the workplace. “However, this must not lead to the wrong impression, in order to ultimately create security.” Occupational health and safety measures must continue to be carried out. Home office and mobile work should also be used more intensively again, said Julia Friedrich, Managing Director of DGB-BW, on SWR’s request.

For example, proof of vaccination or recovery can be provided and documented on a voluntary basis. According to the DGB-BW, daily evidence of the employees does not have to be documented.

SWR1 presenter Petra Klein spoke to Stefan Wolf about 3G in the workplace. He is CEO of the automotive supplier ElringKlinger and President of the Gesamtmetall employers’ association.

“We are in a difficult situation in our society. We have this pandemic, it is brutal. And we have to fight it now. We have to get it under control and everyone in society has to do their bit for it,” says Wolf and shows Glad that companies now “finally have the opportunity” to query the vaccination status of their employees.

Companies are actively promoting the corona vaccination internally

In order to increase the general vaccination rate, Wolf wants ElringKlinger to ensure that unvaccinated employees can be specifically approached again when their status is known. So you want to try to convince unvaccinated people to vaccinate. However, there is no general compulsory vaccination. Ultimately, it is the employee’s decision whether or not to be vaccinated.

The shirt manufacturer Olymp Bezner had already administered the first and second vaccinations by the company doctor at the company headquarters to those from the workforce who were willing to vaccinate. According to Fritz, the head of PR, the third vaccination will be offered from December. “Just like the first or second vaccination for those who decide late.”

SWR2 Aktuell moderator Laura Koppenhöfer has learned that some lawyers consider compulsory vaccination for individual professional groups in Germany possible.

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