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Factsheet for measure EU-2021-25/2006 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 15 June 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||10 September 2021 (updated 28 September 2021)|
On 15 June 2021, the European Labour Authority (ELA) launched an information campaign "Rights for all seasons", addressed to seasonal workers employed abroad. Due to the temporary nature of their work, they are more exposed to precarious living and working conditions. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the conditions of seasonal workers and exposed them to increased health risks.
The campaign is conducted in cooperation with the European Commission, the EURES network, the European Platform for Undeclared Work, EU countries and social partners.
The ELA strategy aims to ensure that seasonal workers are adequately informed about their rights and obligations and the enforcement of EU and national laws, and to facilitate cooperation and exchange of practices between EU Member States and social partners what is especially important in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign, targeting in particular seasonal workers in the agricultural sector and, to a more limited extent, cross-border workers in the food processing sector, has 3 main objectives:
Building on initiatives already introduced in various national contexts, the ELA campaign will support awareness-raising among cross-border seasonal workers and employers in the agri-food sector and will coordinate and support agreed and joint inspections of seasonal work.
The estimated number of seasonal workers in the EU is up to 850,000.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were involved through their participation in the ELA Management Board and ELA Stakeholders Group.
The views of social partners are supportive since they participated in designing this measure.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), ELA campaign: to create safe working conditions for seasonal workers, measure EU-2021-25/2006 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2021-25_2006.html
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