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Nordic Council takes up the fight against illegal workers

| Text: Berit Kvam

The Nordic countries are to set up control systems to fight and expose companies using illegal workers, according to a decision taken by the Nordic Council at its session in Copenhagen.

The Council is not going to stop at just controls and exposures, it also plans to introduce and coordinate strict sanctions on companies which break the law on the use of illegal workers. The penalties must be strict enough to make it not worthwhile recruiting illegal workers.

The Nordic Council is recommending that Nordic governments help the new EU member states strengthen their control bodies and trade union organisations so that they can comply with the applicable EU directives on industrial relations. The governments are now being asked to assess the use of EU structural and regional funding for improving industrial relations.




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