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European demonstration against cross-border social dumping and worker exploitation


Today more than 1000 building workers from various countries (France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, et al) protested loudly during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Once again they protested against the poor proposals, tabled by the EP rapporteur in the framework of the Enforcement Directive which should tackle the problem of cross-border exploitation and social dumping.
Every year more than 1000000 workers are exploited when they are temporarily posted in another country. Either because their social security is not being paid, because they are structurally underpaid, because their overtime is not remunerated, because they have to work an excessive amount of hours without rest or compensation, or because illegal wage deductions are applied by fraudulent employers. Moreover many workers are forced by their employers to work as bogus self-employed.
The proposed Enforcement Directive gives the European Parliament the opportunity to stop the structural exploitation of the posted workers. The Directive could close the existing legal, administrative and practical loopholes, strengthen the control possibilities and the cross border cooperation between labour inspectors and lay down clear responsibilities for the main contractors for social fraud committed by their subcontractors.
Domenico Pesenti, EFBWW President, stated that “sadly, instead of acknowledging the existing problems and resolving them the EP rapporteur prefers to concentrate on soft policy measures only, without tackling the real problem i.e. cross border social dumping and worker exploitation”.
The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) demands that on 20 June 2013, the European Parliament rejects the so-called compromise amendments of MEP Danuta Jazłowiecka for the proposed Enforcement Directive and that substantial and tangible modifications are made so that the European Directive can really improve the working conditions of the posted workers.

 
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