Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour

Report
Updated
27 apríl 2016
Published
27 apríl 2016
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Abstract

The right to free movement for workers within the European Union was enshrined in Article 48 of the EEC Treaty in 1957. Nowadays, private labour market intermediaries – such as temporary work agencies and employment placement agencies – contribute to facilitating this labour mobility in their role as mediator between individual workers and organisations in need of labour. However, due to loopholes in regulation, some workers and vulnerable groups run the risk of being exploited by fraudulent agencies. This report examines how public authorities are currently regulating labour market intermediaries across Member States, highlighting the effectiveness or otherwise of different registration or licensing schemes. It also examines activities by social partners aimed at preventing the trafficking of labour. The overall aim is to contribute to the development of a best practice guide for public authorities to encourage better monitoring and enforcement of regulations deterring trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

Individual national contributions are available.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    62
    Reference No: 
    EF1603
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1421-1
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-04-16-215-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/75809
    Catalogue info

    Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour

    The right to free movement for workers within the European Union was enshrined in Article 48 of the EEC Treaty in 1957. Nowadays, private labour market intermediaries – such as temporary work agencies and employment placement agencies – contribute to facilitating this labour mobility in their role as mediator between individual workers and organisations in need of labour. However, due to loopholes in regulation, some workers and vulnerable groups run the risk of being exploited by fraudulent agencies.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16031
    Catalogue info

    Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    This report aims to contribute to the development of a best practice guide for public authorities on monitoring and enforcing rules and regulations relevant to labour market intermediaries to prevent trafficking for labour exploitation. The report brings together research findings on two main areas: how labour market intermediaries are regulated by public authorities in the different Member States, and to what extent social partners’ activities contribute to preventing trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. The main focus of the report is on trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and does not cover trafficking for sexual exploitation. The report is based on information provided by Eurofound’s network of European correspondents across all 28 EU Member States and Norway. Read more in the report - see Related content.

    Available in 22 languages for download

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