Finland - Fight against unfair competition in construction - September 30, 2018

With considerable differences in wages in the construction sector, compared to, for instance, neighbouring country Estonia, many workers enter to look for a job. Construction companies use this situation by paying workers only a fraction of the normal wages. To be able to tackle this issue, a cross-country cooperation was set up on multiple levels. The countries now work together on government level, where Estonian inspectors also take part in inspections. The unions work together providing them with information on legal salaries and trade union rights. And a law, backed by both employers and unions, was imposed that demands everyone that is on a construction site to be carrying a visible ID card with an official tax reference number.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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