EU Sources - Labour rights of posted workers - September 30, 2017

For this Briefing Paper, in the frame of the PROMO project, the authors conducted an extensive survey of the literature in industrial relations, political science, economics, legal studies, and sociology dealing with the issues related to the posting of workers in the EU. On the one hand, posted work has created job opportunities for millions and there is some evidence that it is an important way for legitimate employers to send employees abroad for short periods of time. It might enhance the positive integration of the European labour markets and be beneficial to both sending and receiving countries’ economies. On the other hand, most studies in a variety of national contexts indicate that posting has also opened up a segmented pan-European ‘grey market’ for cheap, exploitable workers, avoiding collectively agreed provisions, undermining labour standards and trade union rights, overwhelming national labour rights enforcement bodies.

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