Opinion – Europe’s Thirst for Cheap Labor Fuels a Boom in Disposable Workers

Here’s a good article from Liz Alderman in the NYT, highlighting the uglier side of EU labour regulations, targeting greedy multi-nationals and shabby employment agencies.

Source: Europe’s Thirst for Cheap Labor Fuels a Boom in Disposable Workers

I’ve never been a Brexit supporter but this article reminds us of the ineffectiveness of the EU bureaucracy, which is too slow and cumbersome, significantly adding to unit costs but often failing to effectively protect consumers and workers.

Multinationals have been outsourcing and offshoring for years, and if you believe in liberal economics, like myself, that’s fair enough. But multi-nationals must be transparent in their supply chain, highlighting unscrupulous labor practices. As for employment agencies, they have long added to costs and provided questionable value to clients and employees. It’s surely time that the EU bureaucracy took the knife to employment agencies.

It’s strange that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is giving so much credibility to EU labor policies? Perhaps they fear that after Brexit, UK employers will try to match the uglier side of global labor practices?


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