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EFBWW message of solidarity
with the Finnish trade unions regarding the modern slavery practices on the building site of the nuclear power plant Olkiluoto 3 – OL 3 (Finland)

Northern Europe’s largest ever industrial project - the OL 3 project - that will be delivered on a turnkey basis by the French-German consortium formed by AREVA NP and Siemens AG - was heavily criticized at the EFBWW General Assembly in Palermo (December 2011), as the building contractors have repeatedly been violating workers’ rights. For many years, the Finnish Construction trade union, Rakennusliitto, and the Finnish Electrical Workers’ Union, Sähköliitto, have been denouncing illegal practices and pushing for a proper application of Finnish labour laws and compliance with valid collective agreements.
More than 4,000 employees from 55 different countries are employed on the building site. Many of them are employed by dodgy subcontractors and intermediaries who use the workers as modern slaves. On a massive scale, elementary fundamental social rights, such as legal wages, health and safety protection and social security are not being respected by the numerous employers, most of them acting in a web of sub-contracting.
Migrant workers are extremely vulnerable, because the Finnish authorities have virtually no possibility to guarantee a proper level of social protection as this is to be guaranteed in their home country.
The EFBWW openly denounces the ostrich policy of the main contractor AREVA regarding the modern slavery on its building site and will continue to observe the future activities of the company.

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The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), organises 73 national trade unions from 31 countries. The Finish trade unions: Rakennusliitto, Puu- ja erityisalojen liitto, Sähköalojen ammattiliitto Ry and Pro are longstanding members of the EFBWW

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