Belgium -Social dumping in construction -March 02, 2015

Social Inspectorate carried out a total of 15,000 inspections in 2014 across various branches of industry. This Inspectorate has the right to control compliance with agreed pay and working conditions.

The so-called Social Inspectorate carried out a total of 15,000 inspections in 2014 across various branches of industry. This Inspectorate has the right to control compliance with agreed pay and working conditions. In just over one third of cases (5,568) employers were in breach of the rules on issues such as underpayment and the non-respect of collectively agreed pay and working conditions. The problem of social dumping is particularly acute in construction with posted workers forced to work in sub-standard conditions, often earning less that the legal minimum wage. In some cases employers don’t pay the statutory social security contribution for their workers. Member states need more competences to control the regularity of posting.

English: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/Economy/1.2255474

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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