In 2000 the Member States of the EU resolved to make the Union the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economic zone in the world – an economy with the capacity to achieve sustained economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.

Almost 10 years later we can only observe that these targets have not been achieved.

Worse still, due to a dramatic change in employment markets, the EU today is further from this target than ever. Employers' investment in training and development of employees have fallen and the number of poor-quality and insecure low-wage jobs has risen drastically.



What is Precarious Work?


Precarious work generally means poor wages, insecure employment, a lack of job protection for workers and difficulty for the latter to support their families. Employment should be considered precarious where features such as little or no job security, low and unsecured wages, a lack of social security (pensions, health insurance, unemployment benefit), no protection against dismissal, no vocational training, little or no health and safety at work and no trade union representation are present.

Latest news

07/10/2014

More Secure Employment and Decent Jobs: Stop precarious work in Europe!

On 7th October 2014, the World Day for Decent Work, European trade unions from all over Europe will take action for a European economy which must be based on decent jobs, not on precariousness. 

11/07/2014

New report shows exploitation of migrant workers in UK is bad for everyone, undermines fair competition

Labour market flexibility combined with the low level of compliance and enforcement in the UK, particularly in low-skilled sectors such as agriculture, food processing and hospitality, expose vulnerable and migrant workers to exploitation, says a report published this week by the UK Government Migration Advisory Council (MAC).

19/11/2013

Invitation: Presentation of the film “Schiavi – Le rotte di nuove forme di sfruttamento” (Slaves – Routes to new forms of exploitation)

The Puglia Region, FLAI-CGIL and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) are pleased to invite you to a conference on migrants and employment in Puglia that will be held at the Brussels office of the Puglia Region, Rue du Trône 62 on 25 November 2013.

09/09/2013

Mobility puts precariousness to the test

Few Europeans work in a country other than their birth country. However, a new tendency of departure is taking form, with a growing number of short-term expatriations. This is a phenomenon that exposes workers to precariousness, and opens the door to certain abuses.

24/06/2013

Germany: Slaughterhouse slaves

A new investigation, to be broadcast by the German public television network ARD on Monday 24 June, reveals an assault on the principles of labour law: behind a complex system made up of contracting companies and subcontractors, obscure employment agencies and complacent individual farmers, is a phenomenon that the judges of the Düsseldorf tribunal did not hesitate to describe as ‘mafioso’.

23/06/2013

UK: It pays to use slave labour, says watchdog

Sentences for criminal bosses who use forced labour are "unduly lenient" and do not deter modern slavery, the head of Britain's worker exploitation watchdog believes.

28/04/2013

Finland: Agency work becomes mainstream

In a doctoral thesis, Liisa Lähteenmäki demonstrates how public discourse on temporary work agencies has changed from the beginning of 1990s until 2005.

06/04/2013

2012: Youth flee Italy; emigration increases by 30%

The crisis weighs and last year Italian emigration peaked, with an increase of 30% compared with the preceding 12 months. Those going abroad are predominantly males in their thirties from Lombardy, with Germany being the preferred destination.

05/04/2013

Romania: Authorities discover employer with 700 workers without contracts, some underage

In a large scale operation against noncompliance with labour regulations, labour inspectors came across a consultancy firm that employed 700 workers without contracts, 54 of whom had not reached the legal minimum age. 

04/04/2013

Portugal: One worker dies every day

New research by the Authority for Work Conditions (ACT) has estimated that, on average, in Portugal one person dies every day due to a work-related accident or professional disease, which also cause other temporary and permanent disabilities.