Massive numbers of students in the tourist sector are being taken from various EU Member States by major tourist operators and placed in large hotel chains in Greece where they are used as 'sweated labour'; required to work for up to 16 hours per day under extremely poor terms and conditions of employment with no inspections and no insurance, for a monthly pittance of € 380. In this way, thousands of young workers are being exploited by tourist operators in collaboration with private placement ('sweatshop') agencies, who are thereby undermining the fundamental rights and entitlements acquired by workers in the Member States, such as collective agreements, social security, etc. At the same time, thousands of people in the tourist professions are without work. It is under these inadmissible conditions that thousands of students are being employed throughout the European Union, particularly during the summer months.
Does the Commission condemn these illegal business practices on the part of tourist operators, which are reaping enormous profits from the exploitation of their workers? What view does the Commission take of this mass movement and exploitation of workers in the Member States?