The State Association of Entrepreneurs' Associations Rhineland-Palatinate (LVU) has criticized the obligation to test offers for companies without a further strategy as a “political act of desperation”. "After a failed vaccine procurement, useless Corona warning app and a failed Easter lockdown, the federal government is now waiting with a unilateral commitment," said LVU managing director Karsten Tacke on Tuesday in Mainz. 15 months after the outbreak of the pandemic, politics are still in the dark.
“Private test stations have to close due to a lack of funding. A major test strategy is still missing, ”said Tacke according to a statement. The federal government gets lost in the small. “Now the company should take sole responsibility. The mere provision of tests in a company does not lead to anything. The companies can only make a further contribution if the employees are obliged to use the test facilities at the same time. ”Where tests are offered in companies, less than half of the employees currently use this opportunity.
“The companies are investing massively in occupational health and safety and are ready to make their contribution. They are part of the solution and want to be treated accordingly, ”said Tacke. He called for a legally secure, comprehensive and sustainably financed test strategy. "In addition, the state must finally get going with the procurement of tests and vaccines."
Companies in Germany have to offer their employees compulsory corona tests if they are not working from home. According to information from the German Press Agency, the federal cabinet decided on Tuesday. “In principle, companies have to offer their employees a test offer once a week. Only in exceptional cases may the obligation include two tests per week, ”said the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The decision is an obligation to make an offer, there is no obligation to test.