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Mobility in Europe – Information and advice for EU workers – "Fair Mobility"

September 26, 2016

The Federal Government supports the growing mobility of workers in the European Union by providing information for European workers about German labour and social law. These information services are particularly beneficial for mobile employees from other European countries who work in sectors with a high level of wage pressure.

The word "unfair" written on a blackboard, with the "un" crossed out.

The Office for the Equal Treatment of EU Workers was established on 21 May 2016 under the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz. The Office’s aim is to support EU workers and their family members with regard to the rights conferred on them in the context of freedom of movement for workers.

Since 1 August 2011, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has been supporting an advisory and information project entitled "Fair Mobility – Actively promoting the free movement of workers in a social and fair manner". The project is being implemented by the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) and its partners. The services provided (free of charge) by the project are aimed at workers from other European countries, and help them to achieve fair wages and working conditions. To this end, information and initial advice relating to labour and social legislation is provided in selected languages at advisory centres, which have been established in seven cities so far (Kiel, Oldenburg, Dortmund, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart and Munich). Many of Germany’s Länder (federal states) have also set up information and advisory centres for mobile employees from EU Member States in recent years, or are planning to do so. The "Fair Mobility" project, the German Trade Union Confederation and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs have supported these Länder initiatives by providing information and advice, and are seeking to ensure close cooperation.

Since the beginning of 2016, the "Fair Mobility" project has been expanded both in substantive terms and in relation to human resources. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is making funding available to allow advice to be provided to workers in the meat industry, with the assistance of additional, decentralised advisory centres. This focus on the meat industry is intended to bring about a rapid and lasting improvement in the working conditions of workers in the meat industry by ensuring that they are informed of their rights and receive advice if they face problems. As companies, first and foremost, have a duty to live up to their responsibility towards those working in their facilities, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has also encouraged the sector to make a voluntary commitment to better working conditions. This voluntary commitment by large meat-processing companies and the "Fair Mobility" project’s focus on the meat industry complement and flank each other.

Further information on the "Fair Mobility" project and its advisory services is available here.

Further information on the Office for the Equal Treatment of EU Workers is available here.