Belgium -Ministers lodge complaint on social dumping -March 25, 2013

The federal Economy Minister and his counterpart, the Employment Minister in the Flemish government, have filed a complaint for social dumping in the meat sector against the German authorities before the European Commission. Workers from Eastern Europe, mainly Romanians and Bulgarians, work legally for extremely low wages, less than €5 per hour, in excess of 10 hours per day in the German abattoirs. They are not covered by social security or health insurance. According to the Belgian authorities, there is a huge amount of fraud and large numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians are there on a permanent basis and are subjected to deplorable conditions.


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