Austria - High number of posted workers underpaid - April 30, 2017

A legal advice of AK Vienna shows that many posted workers receive only one-third of the pay which they are entitled to under the collective agreement. The reports of the enforcement authorities show that tens of thousands of the more than 190,000 work assignments declared as posting or transferring employment in 2016 are in fact equivalent to permanent employment in Austria. These workers are simply redistributed from one foreign company to another. Some of these foreign companies (i.e. in the transport sector) are apparently controlled by Austrian companies and serve exclusively to circumvent labour laws.

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