Challenges and problems of temporary employment in the logistics industry

The logistics industry is the backbone of the modern economy. The role is centrally important in the global supply chain and no process is imaginable without it. Temporary work is widespread in this industry. Workers from Eastern Europe in particular are readily employed. They are quickly available and cost a company comparatively less.

There are many challenges and problems that temporary workers from Eastern Europe face in logistics. This has a major impact on their work and also their lives.

How secure are employment relationships?

Temporary workers are often only employed for short periods of time, which leads to a high level of job insecurity. These insecure working conditions mean that many temporary workers are constantly looking for the next job. This then also leads to an unstable living situation.

Without long-term contracts, temporary workers have no guarantee of continued employment. This leads to financial insecurity. They cannot make long-term financial commitments. It is almost impossible to sign a lease or pay off a loan.

What about wages and social security for temporary workers in logistics?

Temporary workers are often paid less than permanent employees. Despite the same workload and demands, they often only receive the legal minimum wage or just above it. This leads to financial disadvantage. It makes it difficult for temporary workers to cover their living costs.

Temporary workers often do not have access to the same social benefits as permanent employees. This includes, for example, health insurance, pension entitlements and paid vacation. The lack of social security means that temporary workers are at a great disadvantage in the event of illness or old age.

In many countries, the legal framework for temporary work in the logistics sector is inadequate. This means that temporary workers are often poorly informed about their rights. They can therefore have difficulty defending themselves against unfair working practices. The complexity and differences in the legal regulations between the country of origin and the country of destination exacerbate the situation.

Unfortunately, cases of exploitation and abuse of temporary workers occur again and again. This also includes unpaid overtime, illegal wage deductions and unfair dismissals. Without adequate legal protection, temporary workers are often helpless against such practices.

What are the working conditions for temporary workers in logistics?

Temporary workers in the logistics industry often have to put up with long working hours and overtime. This becomes particularly problematic during peak season, when demand for logistics services increases. Overtime is often not adequately remunerated, which leads to additional stress.

Working in logistics is often physically demanding and can lead to health problems. Temporary workers are generally not adequately protected. This increases the risk of accidents at work and long-term health damage. Chronic pain and recurring musculoskeletal disorders are the result.

We strengthen the rights of temporary workers from Eastern Europe

We at Zeitarbeit International have been specializing in placing temporary workers from Eastern Europe for production and logistics at German companies for over 25 years:

We attach great importance to ensuring that the rights of our employees are protected, but that the customer is also satisfied with our performance. Our temporary workers are available quickly and have the necessary permits to work on the German market. They have a very good command of the German language.

We help you as a customer to find the right specialists and helpers from Eastern Europe for production and logistics, to conclude legally binding contracts and to achieve a satisfactory outcome on both sides.

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