Europe: Better circumstances for seasonal workers

For seasonal workers from the third world better working and living circumstances apply in the European Union, as announced on the German website The European Parliament confirmed an agreement with the European Council and the European Commission.

The workers are entitled to, amongst others things, a fitting shelter and a set limit of the maximum number of working hours. At the same time the new regulations must prevent temporary stays becoming permanent ones. The member states can decide for themselves how many third world people will be allowed into their country. Each government, however, will have to record the maximum period seasonal workers may stay, which is between five and nine months each twelve months period. Within this period seasonal workers can renew their contracts or change to other employers. Everybody willing to come to the EU must supply a valid contract of work or a binding offer of employment, in which offered workd and salary are recorded. When shelter is supplied by or organised via the employer the rent is not allowed to be excessively high or be deducted automatically from the wages of the employee.

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