The Occupational and Health Division of Southern Finland, together with the tax authority and the Finnish Pension Institute are inspecting construction sites that have workers posted from Estonia today. This inspection is mainly focusing on checking if the rules on posting of workers are respected on the construction sites. The targeted joint inspections have been agreed to with the Estonian labour inspectorate. Their representatives are taking part in the joint inspections as observers.
This experience will reinforce the cooperation and facilitate exchange of practices among labour enforcement authorities of the participating countries. It is the first time such an inspection has been carried out with ELA’s support in Finland.
ELA coordinates and supports concerted and joint inspections in the areas within its competence and offers conceptual, logistical and technical support, legal expertise, translation and interpretation services to concerted and joint inspections.
The construction industry, with around 13 million employees spread across 3 million companies, stands as the largest industrial employer within the European Union. It contributes around 5.5% to the gross value added of the EU (GVA). Notably, it also holds the record for the highest number of posted workers.
Germany is the main receiving country of posted workers in the Construction Sector, while Poland the main sending country.
This sector also often uses subcontracting, temporary work agencies and often engages in the posting of third country nationals. The construction sector faces many challenges related to the application of the existing rules, enforcement of these rules, and cooperation between the Member States.