Article 31 - Fair and just working conditions

In Brief - Protecting workers from exploitation: boosting inspections
September
2018

In Brief - Protecting workers from exploitation: boosting inspections

Factsheet
Workers are being severely exploited for their labour across the EU, and inspections are not effective at stopping this reality. Based on interviews with almost 240 workers – including non-EU citizens who came to the EU and EU nationals who moved to another EU country to work – a new FRA report outlines the problem and identifies ways to bolster inspections.
Protecting migrant workers from exploitation in the EU: boosting workplace inspections
September
2018

Protecting migrant workers from exploitation in the EU: boosting workplace inspections

Report
Severe labour exploitation is widespread across the European Union. While workplace inspections can help counter this phenomenon, they need to be strengthened to do so effectively. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with almost 240 exploited workers active in diverse economic sectors, this report provides important evidence on how unscrupulous employers manipulate and undermine inspections, and on what can be done to counteract such efforts.
Out of sight: migrant women exploited in domestic work
June
2018

Out of sight: migrant women exploited in domestic work

Paper
The stories of the domestic workers FRA interviewed for this paper reveal appalling working conditions and fundamental rights abuses in private homes across the EU. These stories indicate that, seven years on from FRA’s first report on domestic workers in 2011, little has changed in terms of the risks and experiences of severe labour exploitation domestic workers in the EU face.
Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union - Summary
March
2016

Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union - Summary

Summary
Worker exploitation is not an isolated or marginal phenomenon. But despite its pervasiveness in everyday life, severe labour exploitation and its adverse effects on third-country nationals and EU citizens – as workers, but also as consumers – have to date not received much attention from researchers. This report identifies risk factors contributing to such exploitation and discusses means of improving the situation and highlights the challenges EU institutions and Member States face in making the right of workers who have moved within or into the EU to decent working conditions a reality.
Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union
June
2015

Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union

Report
Worker exploitation is not an isolated or marginal phenomenon. But despite its pervasiveness in everyday life, severe labour exploitation and its adverse effects on third-country nationals and EU citizens – as workers, but also as consumers – have to date not received much attention from researchers.
Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Summary conclusions by the FRA
December
2011

Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Summary conclusions by the FRA

Conference Paper
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights held its annual Fundamental Rights Conference 'Dignity and rights of irregular migrants' in Warsaw on 21-22 November 2011. This paper summarises the discussions that took place during the conference and presents follow-up activities to be undertaken by FRA.