Occupational safety and health of posted workers

POOSH

BACKGROUND

The occupational safety and health (OSH) of posted workers is regulated by Article 3 of the Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of provision of services and is inextricably linked to the assurance of decent labour/working conditions. In most cases, serious infringements in matters of OSH go hand in hand with underpayment, excessive working time, lack of rest periods, lack of preventive measures, non-compliance with regulations concerning social security and health insurance and underestimating the challenges concerning OSH in culturally and ethnically diverse workspaces. This inevitably leads to higher prevalence of work-related accidents, especially in high-risk, hazardous sectors and can have short-term and long-term effects (i.e. burnout, disabilities, and chronic conditions) on the health of posted workers. The disputes about the responsibility of assuring OSH in the context of subcontracting chains and liability in cases of accident further exacerbate vulnerabilities of posted workers. The project activities focus on the under-researched, underexposed and poorly addressed issue of labour/ working conditions and OSH of posted workers. While current research and policy-oriented initiatives tend to focus on issues such as tax avoidance, fictitious postings, social benefit frauds and challenges in establishing cooperation and information sharing on breaches of the relevant Directives between national competent authorities via the IMI system, more attention should also be placed on the assurance of decent working conditions, occupational safety and health, assessment of health-related risks, prevention measures and monitoring.

AIMS

  • Enhancing transnational cooperation between national competent bodies, social partners and NGOs concerned with the OSH and labour/working conditions of posted workers, with the aim of exchanging best practices and experience, and in order to discuss possible forms of further cooperation, improve cooperation via the IMI system, facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to better monitoring and response to violations of labour rights, and develop policy recommendations.
  • Improving access to information on decent labour/working conditions and OSH of posted workers.
  • Providing comprehensive research on OSH­related vulnerabilities of posted workers and regulatory protection in place in nine EU countries covered in the project. The research team will also gather and systematically review the existing sources on labour/working conditions and OSH of posted workers in the EU.

METHODS

Comparative Research:

  • Interviews
  • Case studies
  • Comparative Analysis

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

  • Cooperation: 1 transnational conference, 3 joint visits, 1 roundtable, 4 project meetings, 5 national training/ capacity building workshops
  • Information-sharing activities: OSH e-observatory, online information-sharing platform, educational and informational materials in 11 languages, 4 awareness-raising media events
  • Research: 9 national case-studies and a comparative final report, 5 academic articles

PROJECT DURATION

2017/01 – 2018/12

FUNDED BY

EaSI Programme, DG Employment, European Commission

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