NEWS 02 March 2020

#EU4FairWork: ELA is part of the first EU campaign to tackle undeclared work

The Commission launched the first European campaign for declared work. It will work hand in hand with the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the European Labour Authority.

#EU4FairWork: ELA is part of the first EU campaign to tackle undeclared work

The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work does not pay off:

  • it deprives workers of social protection
  • it distorts competition between businesses and
  • it leads to huge gaps in public finances

new special Eurobarometer illustrates the scale of the problem: one in ten Europeans report they have purchased goods or services in the past year that might have derived from undeclared work. A third of Europeans know somebody who works undeclared.

The campaign to transform undeclared into declared work is kicking off on social media (#EU4FairWork). On 16 March 2020, a week for action for declared work will start in EU Member States with a range of activities: for example,

  • inspections in sectors at risk
  • information sessions
  • visits in secondary schools and more.

A report on the activities of the European Platform tackling undeclared work, composed of the relevant authorities of all Member States and representatives of cross-industry social partners on EU level, will also be adopted. The Platform aims to help EU countries learn from each other and engage in closer cross-border cooperation. Launched in 2016, it's now on its way to becoming part of the European Labour Authority (ELA), allowing to do even more.

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