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Presentation of the project at the international seminar "Bogus self-employed"

13-15 November 2019 | Brussels

Mirela Caravan from the Romanian advisory center took the opportunity to present the project during an international seminar organized by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). 
The seminar, open to trade union officers at local and regional level and activists in the field of bogus/false self-employment, aimed at a joint profund analysis of the scope and forms of bogus self-employment and the situation in different European countries as well as discussions and an exchange of experiences how to protect this group of workers. Mirela Caravan introduced the project Fair Working Conditions and the German project Fair Mobility and the work, practice and experience gained so far.  

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Mirela Caravan

Opening of the BNS Info Centre for Romanian posted workers

28 May 2019 | Bucharest

On May 28, 2019 the Romanian trade union confederation BNS (National Trade Union Bloc) signed a Partnership Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, and a Cooperation Agreement with the Labour Inspection. On this occasion, BNS announced the inauguration of the BNS Centre for information, counselling, guidance and support services for Romanians posted workers in Germany.

The Romanian Minister of Labour, Mr. Marius Constantin Budăi was present at this event to highlight that the Ministry of Labour, together with its institutions, fully supports the BNS initiative. This Agreement is part of the BNS’ efforts to address labour market challenges in the context of workers' mobility, digitization and the need to respect workers' rights in the field of labour relations. BNS will sign similar agreements with other public institutions.

During the conference the BNS representatives stated that the aim of BNS is to improve the access to information for Romanians who are working in Germany or intend to go there as posted workers, while strengthening the transnational cooperation between European unions and other relevant stakeholders with regard to the specific needs of posted workers. BNS aims to strengthen a partnership relationship with the national institutions that have clear roles and responsibilities in solving the labour problems of Romanian citizens working in Germany. This pilot project prepares a similar approach for other countries with important Romanian communities.

A live video transmission allowed two colleagues from Germany to greet the participants at the conference. Dominique John from DGB-project Faire Mobilität, and Letitia Matarea-Türk, from the Fair Mobility Centre in Frankfurt spoke about the significance of the cooperation between Romania and Germany and their work so far in providing important information for workers posted to Germany. They underlined the fact that abuses will be prevented if the minimum working conditions required by law will be known by the Romanian nationals before going to Germany, and the matters that workers should consider before and after their stays in Germany in order to protect themselves against exploitation.

Among the participants at the conference for the inauguration of the BNS Centre were representatives from the German Embassy, the Labour Inspection, the National Employment Agency, the President of the National Public Pension Agency, Eures, trade union representatives of federations in various sectors, such as Construction and Agriculture.

Opening of the Info Centre for posted workers in Warsaw

15 April 2019 | Warsaw

The Info Centre was opened by the Vice-President of OPZZ Mr Piotr Ostrowski and Mr Adam Rogalewski – Acting Head of International Department of OPZZ. They presented to the media the situation of the carers of elderly people living in a nursing home, which in many cases resembles modern slavery. Particularly exposed to poor working conditions are carers delegated to work in Germany, who as part of a complicated employment model (in most cases employed by Polish agencies under a contract of mandate and then transferred to a German agency that sends them to work for families in Germany) are struggling not only because of low wages, but also due to the lack of contact and support from employers. This creates a very precarious situation for the employee, in which, in many cases, Polish citizens, in complete isolation and without the support of their employers, are available to provide care to German families 24 hours a day.

Reports on the opening are available on OPZZ website and in various Polish media (Puls Biznesu, Polski Obserwator, Everethnews).

Opening of the Info Centre for posted workers in Budapest

29 March 2019 | Budapest

Several trade unions and employers' organization were welcomed at the opening ceremony on March 29th, at VASAS headquarters, such as Meat Industry Workers' Union or Construction Workers' Union. After the presentation of the project, the participants expressed their interest and appreciation for the opportunity and then agreed on the details of further contact.