A campaign has been launched to promote fair and safe working conditions for seasonal workers employed across EU countries.
According to the European Labour Authority (ELA), who are backing the campaign, there are around 850,000 EU citizens, who are seasonal workers outside of their country of origin.
“Mobile seasonal workers have the same rights to fair working conditions when working in another EU country, with the same labour and social rights as local workers,” ELA Executive director Cosmin Boiangiu said.
“However, given the temporary nature of their work, they can be more vulnerable to precarious working and living conditions, fraud and abuse. The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated seasonal workers’ conditions, and exposed them to increased health risks.”
Under the law in Ireland, workers on seasonal work patterns have full access to the employment law provisions and to the terms and conditions of employment that employees are guaranteed.
The ELA is carrying out an action plan to try and address challenges on the ground and safeguard seasonal workers’ fair working conditions.
As part of this action plan, the ELA is organising workshops with national administrations and social partners to collect and share practices on information dissemination and the provision of assistance and services available to workers and employers.