EU Sources - Letterbox companies and workers’ rights - August 31, 2016

Research institute SOMO was commissioned by the European Trade Union Confederation to produce a report on letterbox practices and cross-border recruitment. The impact of letterbox-type practices on labour rights and public revenue features case studies from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden, covering the meat sector, road transport, car manufacturing and construction. It shows how tax avoidance often combines with exploiting workers. Existing economic freedoms, notably the right to establish corporations in any EU jurisdictions with little substance requirements and the principle of freedom to provide services, give employers ample opportunities to avoid social security, tax and employment laws in countries of operation. Working conditions and wages come thus under strong pressure.

English: https://www.etuc.org/press/letterbox-type-practices-avoiding-taxes-and-exploiting …

The report: https://www.etuc.org/sites/www.etuc.org/files/press-release …  

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