03.04.2017

Policy Workshop

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Protecting Mobility through Improving Labour Rights Enforcement in Europe (PROMO)[1]
23-24 May 2017


Venue: House of Science and Letters (Tieteiden talo)
Address: Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland
Language: English and Finnish (simultaneous translation)

The workshop aims to develop practices, and make policy recommendations for the protection of posted workers by bringing together academics and practitioners engaged with the field. Thematic discussion sessions on topics related to the posting of workers will enable researchers and practitioners to share experiences and propose policy solutions and engage with other participants to discuss policy solutions’ applicability in different regions and institutional contexts.

23 May 2017 9:00-17:00 (room 104)

9:00-9:30 Registration, welcoming coffee

9:30-11:00 An overview of previous and current projects in the field of protecting the rights of posted workers

  • Introduction of the PROMO by Nathan Lillie (University of Jyväskylä)
  • EURODETACHEMENT projects by Jan Cremers (Tilburg University)
  • EaSI POOSH (Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers) by Sonila Danaj (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research)
  • Project about legal aspects of posting by Magdalena Bernaciak and Zane Rasnača (ETUI)
  • Sectoral aspects of fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment in Europe by Bettina Haidinger (Forba)EaSi project about information centres for migrants by Vladimir Bogoeski (Hertie School of Governance)
  • Overview of ECMIN database by Chiara Lorenzini (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers)

11:00-12:30 Discussion session 1: EU law and enforcement of national labour standards.

This session elaborates how EU law affects the enforcement of national labour standards, collective standard-setting and worker representation in different national contacts.

  • Niklas Bruun (Hanken School of Economics)
  • Jan Cremers (Tilburg University)
  • Mijke Houwerzijl (Tilburg University)
  • Marco Rocca (University of Verona)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Discussion session 2: Posted work and subcontracting liability.

The session raises the question: What kinds of liability mechanisms (e.g. joint and several or chain liability) are effective in ensuring the protection of posted workers?

  • Vladimir Bogoeski (Hertie School of Governance): Chain liability in Germany
  • Mijke Houwerzijl (Tilburg University)
  • Ian Fitzgerald (Newcastle Business School)
  • Kristin Alsos (Fafo)
  • The Finnish Metalworkers' Union representative

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Discussion session 3: Different perspectives of revising the Posting of Workers Directive (PWD).

Currently the PWD is under revision and this session discusses different changes that are needed and proposed, taking into account viewpoints of different actors.

  • Jari Hellsten (The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK)
  • Atte Rytkönen (The Federation of Finnish Enterprises)
  • Magdalena Bernaciak (European Trade Union Institute)
  • Tapio Kari (The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT)


24 May 2017 9:00-12:15 (room 505)

9:00-9:15 Registration and coffee

9:15-10:45 Discussion session 4: Different regulations, different working arrangements (posting and alternatives).

This session analyses how the use of working arrangements might change when regulations change. Considering that posting of workers is often used to gain competitive advantage, we elaborate: if posting of workers is well regulated (and regulations enforced), what happens then.  What are the alternative forms of work that are used and are the alternatives better for the employment rights and conditions of workers or bring a new set of challenges?

  • Ines Wagner (Institute for Social Research): Changing regulations, changing employment practices in the German meat slaughtering industry
  • Markku Sippola (University of Tampere) & Kairit Kall (University of Jyväskylä): Re-regulation of the Finnish construction sector and its effect on migrant workers
  • Rolle Alho & Laura Mankki (University of Jyväskylä): Different forms of fraudulent contracting of work in the Finnish labour market
  • Sonila Danaj (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research): Workplace level regulations in the UK and how these affect the situation of posted workers

10:45-12:15 Discussion session 5: Establishing trust with posted workers.

The session elaborates ways of approaching and gaining the trust of hyper-mobile migrant workers.

  • Anna Matyska (University of Tampere)
  • Lisa Berntsen (Tilburg University)
  • Johanna Elonen (The Finnish Construction Trade Union)
  • Pål Lund (Norwegian labour inspectorate)
  • Jens Arnholtz (FAOS): Organizing of posted workers on the Copenhagen Metro
  • Sandra Stern (UNDOK - Drop-In Center for Undocumented Workers)


[1] PROMO is organised by a consortium led by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and including University of Padova, Italy, Multicultural Center Prague, Check Republic, Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Norway, SOLIDAR, Belgium, and Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt FORBA, Austria.

With financial support from the European Union