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Developments relating to non-EU seasonal workers 31/10/2013 Non-EU seasonal workers look set to get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a new draft law.

Developments relating to non-EU seasonal workers

Non-EU seasonal workers look set to get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a draft law provisionally agreed by the European Parliament and the Council Presidency and backed by national governments on Tuesday.

The rules, aiming both to end exploitation and to prevent temporary stays becoming permanent, are to be put to a plenary vote in January 2014.

 “We finally have agreement on a Directive that manages temporary, legal migration and ensures protection of workers from exploitation. It will be a strong tool to ensure humane conditions for low wage workers, discourage undercutting, and benefit good employers”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).

The rules, the first to be agreed at EU level on seasonal work, will not affect the right of Member States to decide how many seasonal workers they allow in. Member states will also be free to widen the definition of "seasonal work" beyond the traditional one of tourism and agricultural work such as fruit picking, provided they consult social partners where appropriate and ensure that all the activities defined have a "seasonal aspect".
 

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