Sectoral aspects of fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment in Europe

Translated title Sectoral aspects of fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment in Europe
Description The study will examine three sectors where fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment are of particular concern: construction, road haulage, and cleaning. Most relevant potentially fraudulent forms of work in these sectors encompass temporary agency work, posting of workers, self-employment as well as (sub)contractual relationships between companies. The project will cover the respective sectoral economic and social situation in five countries including Austria, Spain, Finland, Poland and France. It will investigate the processes by which specific sectors make use of such fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment and the rationales behind this usage; the consequences in terms of business competition for companies involved and working and employment conditions for workers affected; and the role of cross-border forms of fraudulent forms of work. Regulations and relevant court decisions but also soft-law measures on national and European level impact on respective practices and on the protection of workers’ rights jeopardized by fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment. Therefore, this project will not only map existing regulations and initiatives but also discuss experiences with promising practices that aim to improve workers’ employment situation and social protection.
Key project staff Bettina Haidinger, Bernadette Allinger, Georg Adam
Commissioned by European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)
Cooperation partners Notus (ESP), University of Jyväskylä (FI), IR Share (F), Foundation Institute of Public Affairs (PL)
Status ongoing
Duration 12/2016 - 10/2017