All the previous reports on last New Year’s Eve in Cologne were bad enough. But now comes word that recently arrived culture-enrichers were employed as security guards during the 2015 Silvester Night festivities — and they were paid below the legal minimum wage.
For Five Euros per Hour
New Year’s Eve in Cologne: Refugees deployed for security
Cologne (dpa) – In Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015, according to a media report, dozens of refugees were allegedly deployed for the security services without appropriate training. According to investigations by the Bild newspaper, a security contractor recruited 59 men in reception camps as security personnel.
The refugees, mainly from North Africa, Syria, and Afghanistan, had allegedly only been in Germany for a short time. The only criteria in the job offer by the site security firm were “an at least mediocre command of the German language,” and “bring warm clothes”. The company could not be reached for an initial comment.
The workers were allegedly deployed, among other places, on the Rhine bridges. As the Bild newspaper further reports, the sub-contractor paid the men €5 per hour — not much more than half of the legal minimum wage. Later, he allegedly billed the city of Cologne €15.40 per man-hour.
On the night of last New Year’s Eve conditions were chaotic around the main train station. There were massive numbers of criminal offenses. In particular, the high number of sexual assaults on women prompted horror. Most of the identified accused come from Algeria and Morocco.