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Social dumping and bitter reality

In the Christmas issue, Christer Gulbrandsen wants social dumping to be a myth – and that the proposal for a services directive does not increase the risk of social dumping. Both are fundamentally wrong.


The proposal for a Services Directive increases the risk of social dumping precisely because European working life is already ripped apart in advance by social dumping. At the same time, any rule change that increases competition in working life increases the extent of social dumping. But increasing competition is the whole purpose of the Services Directive.

Two articles in Dagens Næringsliv, one from April 1990 and one from August 1997, show what competition leads to – in a Europe where the capital side is given ever greater freedom of action and where public regulations do not work as intended.

Bergen 1990

On April 5, 1990, the cleaning industry in Bergen is described as follows:

- «The battle for missions… has developed into a veritable war where all means are used. A number of companies operate without paying VAT, taxes or collective pay to employees, only 15-20 of the companies are serious… »

- "The lowest bid for a job may be one-fifth of the highest bid."

- The companies "primarily employ unorganized labor, and with the current situation in the labor market, it is easy to find people who take a paid job under a collective bargaining agreement."

- «… there are glaring examples of demands from employers to work up to seven hours extra each. . .

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