German town raises ire for scheme using asylum seekers as porters 德國小鎮打算讓庇護申請者擔任挑夫引眾怒

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A German town has halted a scheme offering asylum seekers 1.05 euros an hour to carry luggage at a station after rail operator Deutsche Bahn refused permission due to a public outcry and criticism that the project harked back to colonial times.

德國一個小鎮決定中止以時薪1.05歐元代價僱用庇護申請者搬運行李的計畫,因為在公眾憤怒和批評此舉簡直像是重返殖民時代後,德國鐵路公司已拒絕准許這麼做。

The southern German town of Schwaebisch Gmuend started the scheme recently for nine asylum seekers to help passengers get up a steep flight of metal steps erected at the station due to construction work.

德國南部小鎮施瓦本格明德最近才啟用這項計畫,讓9名庇護申請者在火車站協助旅客爬上一道陡峭的金屬階梯,這道階梯是為因應車站附近的工程而設置。

The mayor originally said he hoped the programme would help the integration of the town’s 250 asylum seekers, but pictures of the refugees, mostly from African nations, in bright red T-shirts and straw hats unleashed an outcry.

鎮長原本表示希望這項計畫能幫助鎮上的250名庇護申請者融入社會,但當這些多來自非洲國家的難民身穿鮮紅色T恤、頭戴草帽的照片公開之後卻引來強烈抗議聲浪。

Complaints about the hourly rate - about eight times below the level German politicians cite for a minimum wage - poured into the mayor’s office and sparked a Facebook campaign.

有關庇護申請者時薪比德國政治人物引述最低工資低了8倍的抱怨不斷湧入鎮長辦公室,臉書上也出現抗議網頁。

Deutsche Bahn said it had not been aware of the conditions and would pay its own employees their normal rate to do the job. A spokesman for Schwaebisch Gmuend said that the conservative mayor was disappointed at Deutsche Bahn’s decision and blamed misplaced political correctness.(Reuters)

德鐵公司表示事前對此並不知情,未來會依正常薪資請公司員工搬運行李。施瓦本格明德鎮發言人則說,保守派鎮長對德鐵公司的決定感到失望,並把問題歸咎於不合時宜的政治正確態度。

(路透)

新聞辭典

hark back to sth:動詞片語,指回到或記起過去的某事、與過去的某事很類似,如The movie has a style that harks back to the golden age of Hollywood.(這部電影的風格讓人想起好萊塢的黃金時代。)

flight:名詞,指樓梯或台階的一段,如He fell down a flight of stairs.(他從樓梯上摔了下來。)

misplaced:形容詞,指不合時宜的、不得體的、不切實際的,如I’m afraid your confidence in my abilities is misplaced.(你對我能力的信心恐怕有點不切實際。)

 

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