Samtök ungra jafnaðarmanna á Norðurlöndum álykta gegn starfsmannaleigum

Þing sambands ungliðahreyfinga jafnaðarmannaflokka á Norðurlöndunum (FNSU) hefur ályktað gegn starfsemi starfsmannaleiga. Minnst er á þá bitru birtingarmynd þessarar starfsemi sem sést hefur á Íslandi í tengslum við byggingu Kárahnjúkavirkjunar. FNSU telur starfsemina bæði ólöglega og siðlausa og ógni verulega þeim réttindum sem verkalýðshreyfingar hafa barist fyrir í gegn um árin. Þing sambands ungliðahreyfinga jafnaðar- mannaflokka á Norðurlöndunum (FNSU) hefur ályktað gegn starfsemi starfsmanna- leiga. Minnst er á þá bitru birtingarmynd þessarar starfsemi sem sést hefur á Íslandi í tengslum við byggingu Kárahnjúkavirkjunar. FNSU telur starfsemina bæði ólöglega og siðlausa og ógni verulega þeim réttindum sem verkalýðshreyfingar hafa barist fyrir í gegn um árin.

FNSU mótmælir jafnframt tilskipun sem er í smíðum hjá Evrópusambandinu og snýr að frjálsri sölu á þjónustu innan EES. Ef tilskipunin nær fram að ganga mun það að mati FNSU í raun þýða að athæfi starfsmannaleiganna verði löglegt. Þannig verði hægt að ráða vinnuafl til starfa hvar sem er í álfunni á þeim kjörum sem gilda í heimalandi þeirra.

Ungliðahreyfingar jafnaðarmanna á Norðurlöndunum (DK, SE, FI, NO og IS) hvetja EFTA löndin, Ísland, Noreg og Lichtenstein jafnframt til að beita neitunarvaldi gegn tilskipuninni í þjóðþingum sínum komi til þess að hún verði samþykkt innan ESB.

Ályktunin í heild fylgir hér að neðan.

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Migrant workers must without exeception receive the rights negotiated by labour organisations for native workers

FNSU believes one of the most serious threats to the stability of labour markets in the Nordic countries and Europe is the opportunity to circumvent workers rights by way of staff-leasing. This practise is often claimed to be legitimased by the free sale of services agreements currently in effect within the European Economic Area (EEA). This threat is becoming even greater with latest expansion of the EU. This practise seriously undermines the rights that local labour movements have fought for years to establish. These staff-leasing companies are perhaps operating on the border of the law but, in the opinion of FNSU, operate well outside the spirit of the law.

A recent example of how these staff-leasing companies operate is the current construction work being done for a large hydropower station and aluminium smelter in Eastern Iceland. The way they do it is that they employ skilled and hardworking individuals from areas with high unemployment og low salaries. Then they lease out these induviduals to international companies or entreprenuers with large contracts within the EEA. It has come to light that as a rule the migrant workers who enter countries by way of staff-leasing agencies are forced to sign contracts that exclude them from receiving equal rights as local workers. They receive a much lower salary, have to work longer hours, get no bonus for working on holidays and are forced to sign resignation letters beforehand. This means they can be fired without notice if they protest, get sick or are injured. This is social injustice of the worst kind.

The practises of staff-leasing companies violate basic human rights and undermine the labour movements efforts in the countries concerned. It also threatens the local economies as the local companies can and will not compete with such unethical violations of workers rights. If nothing is done we will risk to see these kind of practises spread into the various industries and areas.

In some cases it can be very difficult to tackle such violations as the witnesses (the workers) are often shipped from one country to the next and usually within a 3 month period as that is the limit for the registration of migrant workers caccording to the Schengen-agreement. Such tactics make it very diffcult for labour unions and goverment agencies to discover and prevent such activities.

FNSU belives the nordic labour movement and the connected parties must take decisive action against the wrongdoings of international staff-leasing agencies. It is imperative that we use our influence within the governments in Nordic countries as well as in the European Union to put in place laws or directives that ensure that all workers, whatever their nationality, receive the rights that have been negotiated on behalf of local workers.

EU is currently working on a directive concerning cross-border sale of services. This would legalise the abovementioned circumvention of local labour rights. FNSU opposes this proposal and wants labour rights to include all, not depending on nationality or form of employment. A possible positive effect of protecting local labour agreements, within this climate of globalisation, is that all countries will have incentive to promote labour rights that are on par with the best.

Should this EU directive however come into action, FNSU encourages the EFTA nations to veto it in their respective parliaments.

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