Project on subcontracting has come to its end
Reports, case studies, leaflets - Find the project outcomes on securing workers' rights in subcontracting chains.
All the project outcomes will be published on the ETUC Democracy at work website.
The ETUC’s project on securing workers’ rights in subcontracting chains has come to its end. We are very happy to present the outcomes of this project after two and a half years of intensive cooperation between the ETUC, the European Trade Union Federations, national trade unions, researchers, labour authorities and many more.
In certain sectors – such as food and agriculture, the garment industry, road transport and construction – subcontracting practices are widespread, and abuse of workers’ rights is frequent. In these sectors, subcontracting has become a strategy to increase companies’ profit and competitiveness, while workers face the negative consequences in forms of less income, less social contributions, longer working hours, worse health & safety conditions, etc.
The ETUC started a project on securing workers’ rights in subcontracting chains in 2019, with the financial support of the European Commission. The aim was to build a case for a more consistent EU approach towards subcontracting. There is a need to create better tools and conditions for workers’ and their representatives to know about their rights and to be informed and consulted about the practices of their company along its subcontracting chain. Strengthening the legal framework on subcontracting and making trade unions’ and workers’ representatives’ involvement an essential part of it would help improving the working conditions for millions of workers in the EU.
The project has delivered the following outcomes: