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. 


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).


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.


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.


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’.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.