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News | Seasonal workers directive

In April 2011 La Strada International and other NGOs published a joint statement with recommendations to the European Parliament on the proposal for an EU “seasonal migrant workers directive”. Last month the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament discussed and revised the proposed directive and included most of the NGO recommendations.

Non-EU seasonal workers would enjoy basic working and living conditions, such as a minimum wage and decent accommodation, under draft legislation endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee. These rules would tackle exploitation, while preventing temporary stays from becoming permanent. The Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year.

“We want to address the exploitation of third-country, unskilled workers in the EU by ensuring a basic set of rights and minimum working conditions", said Parliament's rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), after the committee approved his report with 52 votes in favour, none against and one abstention.

The proposed rules cover issues like work contract and decent accommodation, social rights and travel costs, permit length and extension, multi-season permits and sanctions and complaints.

You can read the full text of the announcement on the website of the European Parliament.

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