Protecting Mobility through Improving Labour Rights Enforcement in Europe

Translated title Protecting Mobility through Improving Labour Rights Enforcement in Europe
Description There is widespread recognition among unions and researchers, that worker protection regulation for posted workers in the European Union is seriously inadequate. Problems include an epidemic of wage theft, the growth of a grey economy of labour intermediaries, violations of trade union rights, and social security fraud. Intra-EU labour mobility brings job opportunities to millions, but taking advantage of this is a risky business for workers. The EU has introduced or proposed regulatory and technical solutions, including inter-alia the new Directive 2014/67 to be transposed by 18 June 2016, the IMI system for information exchange between labour inspectors, and the proposed revision of the Posted Workers Directive. This project engages researchers and stakeholders in a series of workshops to determine the effects of these actions and disseminate knowledge from research and practice to identify best practices in implementation, areas of insufficient implementation and persistent regulatory gaps. The project will enhance administrative cooperation and information sharing between relevant stakeholders. The planned action involves four actions: 1) bringing together researchers and practitioners to make policy-relevant the academic research on worker posting; 2) improving cooperation between worker protection systems; 3) improving union rights, and HRM systems for posted workers; and 4) improving quantitative information collection on posted work. Our consortium of 6 applicants includes 2 universities, 2 research institutes and 2 NGOs from Austria (FORBA), Belgium (Solidar), Czech Republic (MKC), Finland (JYU), Italy (UNIPD), and Norway (FAFO). European level social partners and national labour inspectorates are involved as associate organisations.
Key project staff Bettina Haidinger
Commissioned by European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Program EaSI-Progress: Posting of workers: enhancing administrative cooperation and access to information (VP/2016/006)
Cooperation partners Co-Ordination: University of Jyväskylä (FI), Project partners: University of Padua (I), SOLIDAR (B), Multicultural Centre Prague (CZ), FAFO (Institute for Labour and Social Research) (NO)
Status ongoing
Duration 1/2017 - 12/2018