Rights for All Seasons – Campaign on Seasonal Workers
The Platform campaign on seasonal workers built on the experience of #EU4FairWork, the Platform’s first communication campaign launched in March 2020.
A concept note outlining the main elements of the Platform campaign was drawn up during the two meetings of the Platform Working Group on Communication and Information which, as foreseen in the Platform Working Programme 2021-2022, this Working Group was tasked with defining a follow-up campaign.
The Platform campaign ran in parallel with the wider ELA information campaign and is aligned with the ELA Action Plan on cross-border seasonal workers that ELA developed in response to calls by the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.
Platform members and observers were encouraged to:
- Participate in a range of activities, taking into consideration their needs, available resources and the specificities of national labour markets;
- Support the Platform awareness-raising campaign on social media and the wider ELA information campaign, including by disseminating information through their networks.
The social media campaign ran from mid-August until the end of September with the Week of Action running from 20-24 September 2021.
Overall goal: To promote declared seasonal work and tackle undeclared seasonal work.
Main target groups: Current or potential EU-mobile seasonal workers and companies contracting them (employers, agencies), EU non-mobile seasonal workers and third-country national seasonal workers.
Main sectors: sectors with high prevalence of seasonal work and high risk of undeclared work, in particular agri-food, tourism and HORECA sectors.
Slogan: Rights for all seasons
Hashtags: #Rights4AllSeasons, #EU4FairWork
Taglines: Declared work for all seasons; Safe, seasonal, declared; Rights are never out of season
The specific objectives of the Platform strand were:
- To raise awareness amongst seasonal workers about their rights, the negative impact of undeclared work as well as their possibilities to report undeclared work, to be protected, claim their rights and to make the transition into declared work;
- To inform seasonal workers about their rights to fair and safe working and living conditions also during the COVID-19 crisis and about the specific health-related restrictions and to support employers in complying with these requirements;
- To sensitise employers concerning the benefits of and their obligations to declare workers and the risk of sanctions in case they are involved in undeclared work;
- To support cooperation between national authorities and national social partners aimed at providing relevant information to seasonal workers on rules and regulations on seasonal work, and organising networks of assistance, counselling and advice;
- To increase the visibility of the Platform's work in tackling undeclared work in seasonal work.
EU Week for Seasonal workers (Week of action) 20-24 September
All Platform members and observers were invited to participate throughout the period of the ELA campaign and, in particular, during the dedicated period for the Platform campaign. The highlight of the Platform campaign was the Week of Action, during which Platform members had the opportunity to organise activities of their choice.
In March 2020, the European Platform tackling undeclared work launched #EU4FairWork, the first EU campaign about the benefits of declared work, with participation of the European Labour Authority. The campaign combines a social media approach (March-October 2020) with a Week of Action (21-25 September 2020). It aims to:
- raise awareness amongst workers about their rights, the negative impact of undeclared work and how to make the transition into declared work
- make companies aware of the benefits of and their obligations to declare workers, as well as of the risk of sanctions in case of undeclared work
- encourage policymakers to better tackle undeclared work, through policy and legislation
- increase cooperation among Platform members by implementing the campaign together
- Video: Message by Commissioner Nicolas Schmit on EU4FairWork
- Campaign video: Declared work means peace on mind
- Video: Working declared provides security in uncertain time
- Video: Declared work protects your business and your workers in uncertain times
- Interactive game: Out of the shadows: find your way to fair work
- Brochure: Tackling Undeclared Work Across Europe: Effective Solutions for Policymakers
- Promotional toolkit (including key information about the campaign)
- Infographic: Joining forces across borders to tackle undeclared work
- Infographic: Undeclared work in Europe
- Infographic: Effective solutions to tackle undeclared work in Europe
- #EU4FairWork podcasts
- #EU4FairWork social media competition for workers and competition for employers
- #EU4FairWork campaign quiz: ‘How well do you know undeclared work'
Follow the campaign on social media: #EU4FairWork
Join the #EU4FairWork event page on Facebook
Week of Action 21-25 September
The Week of Action, postponed due to COVID-19, took place in September.
Campaign supporters, which include social partners and national enforcement authorities, have carried out a wide range of activities during the Week of Action.
Activities across Europe included online communication campaigns, bilateral cooperation and inspections, information sessions and a range of other activities at national, regional and local levels.
Know your rights and find out how to report abuse by visiting our page: Information and tools for working declared.
You can find out about the different activities that took place using the drop-down menu below.
Please note: organisation of any activities took place following the assessment of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Austria conducted joint activities with Germany with a focus on posted workers from Germany in the construction and construction-related industries.