EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

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

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  • Observatory: EurWORK
  • Topic:
  • Fraudulent work,
  • Social dialogue,
  • Social partners,
  • Industrial relations,
  • Labour law,
  • Labour and social regulation,
  • Date of Publication: 27 April 2016

Andrea Fromm; Anna Paraskevopoulou and Nick Clark
Eurofound; Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

The right to free movement for workers within the European Union is an achievement. 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. 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.

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