NAfter fierce criticism of partly miserable accommodations for workers in the meat industry, Tönnies plans to build around 70 houses with up to 1,500 apartments. The aim is to provide contract workers, who should in future be hired, “cheap and well-equipped apartments according to a fixed standard”, announced Germany’s largest meat company on Tuesday in Lemgo in the Lippe district. In the course of the Corona mass outbreak at the headquarters in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in East Westphalia, the living conditions of many workers were also criticized.

As of January 1, 2021, the Group wants to rely on employees directly employed by the company in the core areas of production, Tönnies emphasized again. The majority of people currently still criticized as work contract workers live in privately rented apartments and houses.

“At local, customary rental prices”

However, about 30 percent lived in the apartments provided by the factory companies – and especially for this group they wanted to create new living space. A spokesman for the group reported that several municipalities have already been contacted to obtain building land.

Student dormitories in Lemgo should be models for the new buildings at several locations in the region, said the managing director of Tönnies Holding, Daniel Nottbrock, according to the announcement. “Well-equipped residential units should be created at customary, customary rental prices”, such as fully furnished single apartments of 16 square meters for a warm rent of 300 euros or apartments for couples of 27 square meters for a warm price of 400 to 450 euros – depending on the location.

There would also be weekly cleaning of the common areas and property management services everywhere. The company hopes to be able to implement the first projects “shortly”.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) recently reported some serious shortcomings in the accommodation of employees in the meat industry. By the end of May, even before the Corona outbreak at Tönnies, many complaints such as overcrowding, risk of collapse, vermin infestation and unreasonable sanitary facilities had been found during inspections of 650 accommodations.