ETUC: Unions refer first exploitation cases to new European Labour Authority for investigation
A construction worker who has been waiting three years for over €8,000 in unpaid wages is among the cases of exploitation of posted workers which the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is today announcing will be referred to the new European Labour Authority (ELA) for investigation.
The ELA, which will be launched in Brussels tomorrow (October 16) by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will support member states in enforcing EU employment rules including those which say workers sent temporarily from one EU country should receive the same pay and conditions as local workers.
Ahead of the launch, the ETUC and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) are publishing details of nine cases involving the abuse of hundreds of vulnerable workers which will be filed with ELA for investigation as soon as possible.
The cases, which are typical of the widespread abuse of posted workers, include:
- Posted workers being paid significantly less than local workers
- Holiday pay and sick pay being withheld
- Companies avoiding payment of social security contributions
- Bogus posting by companies with no economic activity in their home country.
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