Iceland - Unions struggle to protect foreign workers - March 31, 2018

The great influx of foreign workers makes it difficult for the unions to protect workers’ rights. According to a new report from the labour union Efling, 60% violations of workers’ rights last year have involved foreign workers. These foreign workers often are not familiar with their rights and don’t know that they have to register with a union. Violations include wage and taxes, illegal work and spurious rental contracts. The Icelandic Confederation of Labour has produced several websites that informs foreign workers and warns against abuses, such as social dumping or the use of volunteer work in economically active firms.

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