More cases under investigation:
Hungarian condemned for usurpy-type work discrimination
Helsinki (02.05.2011 - Juhani
The representative of the Hungarian employment agency Èszak-Èke Kft has been
engaged in usurpy-type work discrimination in Finland, the District Court of
Pirkanmaa concluded in early April. The company had employed Hungarian
employees to work in a metal working company in Parkano in Western Finland
and paid them a monthly wage from EUR517 to EUR595. According to the
collective agreement of the technology industry they should have been paid a
monthly wage of about EUR1400.
In addition, the employees were not paid the proper evening and night
allowances. The company also paid less than what is required for work done
The accused claimed to have paid the employees a EUR7 daily allowance per
hour but the District Court rejected this claim.
In the event of things, safety inspectors managed to expose this clear
infringement of Finnish labour laws. The representative was ordered
to pay EUR300 in fines and additionally a further EUR 62,000 to the State in
respect of benefits
for this illegal activity. The representative had abused the economic plight
of the employees in Hungary and their ignorance of employees' rights and
minimum wages in Finland, the Court concluded.
Social dumping "very common"
Abuse of foreign labour has increased in Finland, Pia Björkbacka wrote
recently in the trade union magazine Särmä. She works as an industrial
policy expert at the union confederation SAK. Björkbacka wants it to be made
quite clear to everyone that
usurpy-type work discrimination resembles human trafficking in terms of
According to Björkbacka social dumping is "very common" in Finland
especially in the agriculture and in horticulture sectors. Trade unions,
the SAK, have found or are currently investigating usurpy-type work
discrimination in the construction industry and also in catering, cleaning,
berry picking jobs.
In tackling these problems Björkbacka stresses the need for employer
associations to take responsibility in this area and for more cooperation
with the trade unions. The monitoring of risk areas by the authorities has
to be expanded and made more efficient, she
insists. And the rights of unions to receive information and to monitor
sectors have to be extended, Björkbacka adds.