The Malta Independent 21 May 2019, Tuesday

Measures needed to avoid social dumping in employment market

Peter Agius Monday, 11 March 2019, 13:00 Last update: about 3 months ago

Nationalist MEP candidate Peter Agius highlights risks of social dumping with the influx of foreign workers from non-EU countries employed at basic rates in industries normally paying higher per hour rates. Agius gives the Turkish workers in construction as an example saying that these workers are being paid at 4,5 euro per hour when the average rate for a Maltese construction worker would be 10 euro per hour.

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"This is a recipe for social dumping, where the value of work in general becomes cheaper – to the direct prejudice of the Maltese worker," Agius insists.

The former head of the EP office in Malta and Tajani speechwriter also hints that the EU posting of workers Directive, which includes safeguards to avoid cases of social dumping, does not apply to cases of third country nationals. Agius refers to contacts he had with the European Commission confirming the above.

"It is up to us to see that the influx of foreign workers, which may indeed by necessary for our economy, does not cause a havoc in our local employment market. To do this we need a government which is handling the economy, not letting it go its wild ways without the necessary safeguards," Agius concluded.

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