The EU is embarking on a new round of workers’ deregulation and precarious working

Enrico Tortolano, Campaign Director of Trade Unionists Against the EU, reports on a new round of EU workplace de regulation.

The relentless drive by the EU to deregulate the labour market and transform stable jobs to precarious working is moving ahead even before the post referendum push for the Presidents’ report and new plans for so called ‘flexicurity’ in the workforce.

Sadly it is in Greece that the experiment is gathering pace. Here are some of the dynamics.

Agencies and employers will try to flood the market with cheap workers who will earn a salary below the minimum wage by introducing new forms of non-formal employment.

The aim is to have just 1 full-time job in 80, while the majority of the new job positions to be created would involve cheap workers.

The recent results released by “Ergani” system show that 50.46% of the new jobs created in Greece 2016 involve types of flexible working. The flexibility trend that applies in Britain, Italy and Germany provides new ideas for abolishing the few working rights that Greeks still have and establishing new types of employment contracts, such as mini-jobs and zero-hour contracts, with salaries below the minimum wage.

The term “white contract” that has emerged in recent years in European markets means that the employee, under the pressure of unemployment, signs a white paper accepting all terms and working conditions that employers set. Other types of employment contracts are mini jobs and midi jobs which involve a salary at about 400 euros, with few working hours and without insurance and taxes addressed mainly to pensioners, students and unemployed.– Labour franchising (fixed-term contract for lending a big number of employees to tourist companies or providing high-tech services to banks and companies).

Other measures include:

  • Teleworking: Employment contract for working at home, while the company’s offices are abroad.
  • Zero hour contracts: Self-employed offer their services to a company whenever they are asked to. Many self-employed in Germany and Britain, though, end up working full-time for an employer without the benefits of full-time employment contracts.
  • Low hour contracts: employment for 2-5 hours.
  • On-call contracts: the employee is on standby duty during the night or at weekends and has to come to work if necessary.

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