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"Polish caregivers of German pensioniers as modern slaves"

Two polisch women, Agda and Polina, talk about their experiences as caregivers in German households. Both report that they were first made  attractive job offers by polish agencies. In Germany the situation results to be very different: the symptoms of the diseases of the elderly are much heavier than indicated, so the care is much more intensive and the women feel completely unprepared. In addition there are communication problems with the family of the seniors and the Polish agency as their employer is hardly available. Adam Rogalewski, expert on the issue and working for Polish trade Union OPZZ, states that these experiences are exemplary. The German agencies are barely interested in the contracts that the caregivers have with their polish counterparts. The latter themselves often promise an all round care, which means help in the in the kitchen, garden and much more in addition to the 24-care support.

13.07.2019 | GAZETAPRAWNA.PL

 ➥ Original article [Polish] : Współczesne niewolnice, czyli polskie opiekunki niemieckich emerytów

"OPZZ launches a consultation point for caregivers of elderly in Germany"

Several Polish media reported on the opening of the information center for posted workers in Warsaw on April 15th. The establishment of the office is part of the transnational two-year project "Fair working conditions” which is co-financed by the European Commission. Several countries are part of the project, each specializing its work at one sector of the labour market. In Warsaw the focus is on Polish and increasingly Ukrainian caregivers sent to German households. Polish Advisor Adam Rogalewski is quoted describing the typical problems of the mostly female posted workers: difficult employment conditions, low wages and probable isolation. The employers are hard to contact. This is where the work of the information centers comes in; they provide help and advice on the rights of the workers to appropriate payment and decent working conditions.


Original article [Polish] : OPZZ uruchamia punkt konsultacyjny dla opiekunek osób starszych w                                                       Niemczech 
Original article [Polish] : Powstał punkt konsultacyjny dla opiekunów i opiekunek                                                                        osób starszych delegowanych do pracy do Niemiec
Original article [Polish] : Punkt konsultacyjny dla opiekunek osób starszych w Niemczech

"Fair working conditions for posted workers"

The German Foundation “Friedrich Ebert” sums up the results of the international meeting of European trade union initiatives active in the field of fair posting of workers. The participants shared experiences about the current state and possibilities of the posting of workers and agreed with the week position of posted workers in terms of imposing rights and standards e.g. in the construction sector, logistics or seasonal work in agriculture. Achievements of existing projects like TIDE POWER (Italy), REDER (France) or Fair Mobility (Germany) were discussed as well as future possibilities to support posted workers. The participants identified limited project timelines as one important obstacle and highlighted the necessity of further international cooperation of trade unions, information centres and other relevant institutions.


 ➥ Original article [German] : Faire Arbeitsbedingungen für entsandte Arbeitskräfte


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This publication has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.