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Migrant workers exploited in German meat industry

Trade unions say the working conditions in German abattoirs hark back to another century. Many companies in the industry hire Romanian, Bulgarian or Spanish workers through sub-contractors. These workers are often paid just 4 or 5 euros an hour and are housed in remote lodgings. It's no surprise that the meat they produce is so cheap. But will the announcement of a new minimum wage in Germany help put a stop to these practices?