European Parliament improves protection for seasonal workers

European Parliament improves protection for seasonal workers


From 800 thousand to 1 million seasonal workers are hired annually in the EU, mainly in the agri-food sector

The European Parliament states that additional measures are needed to protect the health, safety and working conditions of seasonal workers, among whom there are a lot of foreigners, reports.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation of foreign seasonal workers in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, which addresses mobility, unstable working conditions and lack of safety measures. MEPs call for better protection and equal labor and social rights for all workers.

With the closure of internal borders, the restriction of free movement and the suspension of many types of economic activity, the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the existing shortcomings.

Many seasonal workers play an important role in providing vital goods and services in key sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and food production, social and medical services, construction and transportation. In addition, their participation may be required in a joint effort to rebuild the economy after a pandemic.

From 800 thousand to 1 million seasonal workers are hired annually in the EU, mainly in the agri-food sector.

The European Parliament wants the proper implementation of existing EU laws and better coordination between member states in order to ensure equal treatment and protection for cross-border and seasonal workers, including:

– protection of health, safety, fair working conditions of workers, decent housing, which should be separated from their remuneration;

– identification of deficiencies related to this issue in the EU and national legislation and, possibly, revision of the existing legislative framework;

– Strengthening national and international labor inspectorates;

– developing solutions to combat abuses of subcontracting practices and ensuring that the European Labor Authority (ELA) becomes fully operational;

– ensuring that employees are fully informed of their rights and obligations in a language they understand, as well as the risks and precautions that need to be taken;

– counteracting social fraud associated with seasonal workers.

The resolution also called on Member States that have not yet done so to remove all travel restrictions for foreign workers as soon as possible in order to avoid labor shortages in key sectors.


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