Recognizing the security industry as systemically relevant
Monday, April 13, 2020
Securitas asks for more support and appeals to the German Federal Government as well as to the Prime Ministers of the German Federal States
Berlin/Düsseldorf. Market leader Securitas Germany supports the demand of the Berlin industry association. The German security industry is also severely affected by the Corona crisis. It is one of the industries for which the current development means a particularly radical and painful change in their performance potential.
Securitas – the market leader in Germany in terms of turnover, number of employees or service portfolio – together with the BDSW (Federal Association of German Security Companies) is raising a series of demands that must be met if the security services companies are to survive and overcome this previously unimaginable challenge. Herwarth Brune, CEO Securitas Germany, emphasizes one of the most important among these: "The security industry must finally be recognized as systemically relevant. Every day – in front of grocery stores or pharmacies, in clinics or refugee facilities – our employees demonstrate, with commitment and quality, how systemically relevant their work is for our society."
In letters to the German Federal Government and to the Prime Ministers of the German Federal States, market leader Securitas – in accordance with the BDSW – repeated its demands, with the request for prompt implementation:
- for inclusion in the CRITIS Regulation, since the security industry itself provides critical services within the meaning of § 1 No. 3 of the CRITIS Regulation by protecting the critical infrastructure in the sectors defined in §§ 2-8 of the CRITIS Regulation and is thus systemically relevant. For this reason, security employees must also have access to all locations of deployment, regardless of contact bans, and be able to use emergency services in kindergartens and schools for their children.
- for liquidity support to avert insolvency and for compensation pursuant to § 65 of the Infection Protection Act, because without such support, many security services companies, which are also irreplaceable with regard to the preventive protection of public safety, would be lost as a result of the numerous terminations of protection contracts and the loss of a large part of their sales. The example of Securitas Germany – whose security employees make a decisive contribution to ensuring aviation security by performing passenger and luggage controls at airports, increase passenger safety in local public transport and preventively protect public safety and order at major events – makes this particularly clear.
- for payment of sickness benefits by insurances from the first day of illness, and not only after 6 weeks. The currently relative high sickness rates, staff calling for illness leave because of several reasons, overstrain the ability to pay of these security services companies.
- for the increase of the low income threshold from EUR 450 to EUR 900, since the high sickness rates mean that – to a significant extent – temporary workers have to replace employees who have fallen ill.
- for the temporary regulation of exceptions to the limitation of working hours as defined in the Working Hours Act, so that, despite the high sickness rates, continuing protection contracts – especially in the CRITIS area – can be performed to the necessary extent.
- for the suspension of the requirement of instruction or the Sachkundeprüfung (examination concerning expert security knowledge) in accordance with § 34a GewO (German Industrial Code) and the release of the security staff in the Bewacherregister (guard register) because the Chambers of Industry and Commerce have suspended instruction courses and examinations since mid-March due to the risk of infection and the legally required operation of the guard register by the § 34a residence authorities still functions only partially and inadequately.
- for the provision of protective equipment, so that the risk of infection during operations, during which contacts with other persons cannot be avoided, will be significantly reduced.