The precarious situation of intra-EU labour mobility and the sanitary crisis in the North Rhine-Westphalia slaughterhouse
Priority question for written answer P-003917/2020
to the Commission
Dan Nica (S&D), Carmen Avram (S&D), Rovana Plumb (S&D), Victor Negrescu (S&D), Mihai Tudose (S&D), Adrian-Dragoş Benea (S&D), Claudiu Manda (S&D), Maria Grapini (S&D), Tudor Ciuhodaru (S&D)
EU intra-mobility is one of the key features of the European project and the single market, enhancing economic and social growth. During COVID-19, intra-EU migrant and seasonal workers proved to be essential for the agro-food chain. However, it was once again made clear that they work in precarious conditions which exposed them to even more health risks and labour abuse.
The recent situation in the slaughterhouse in Germany, where more than 1 500 employees have so far been contaminated with COVID-19, and whose workers come from Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, shows that we are facing a social emergency in Europe.
The Commission is the guardian of the application of Union law and should play an active role in ensuring the respect of EU working standards and decent working and living conditions for all its citizens.
- 1.What steps has the Commission taken to ensure that workers’ rights and European legislation are respected in relation to intra-EU mobilty and seasonal workers in the agri‑food sector?
- 2.Has it planned any measures at EU level to strengthen and enforce more stringently workers’ rights, their representation, labour inspections, equal rights and safety measures at the work place?
- 3.Is it preparing any particular legislation to fight against precarious work?