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Long supply chains make it difficult to trace abuses — or identify the actual employers responsible (Photo: Pexels)

Subcontracting rules allow firms to bypass EU labour rights

Last April, around 60 drivers of Uzbek and Georgian origin protested for over a month at a motorway rest area near the German city of Frankfurt.

Their Polish employer failed to provide them with minimum working conditions and had not paid their wages for weeks.

This transport group was a subcontractor within the supply chain of large multinationals such as Volkswagen.

On a larger scale, during the summer of 20...

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Paula joined EUobserver in January 2023 and left for Euronews in 2024. Previously she worked for the Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial, where she covered mainly economic and financial affairs.

Long supply chains make it difficult to trace abuses — or identify the actual employers responsible (Photo: Pexels)

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Paula joined EUobserver in January 2023 and left for Euronews in 2024. Previously she worked for the Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial, where she covered mainly economic and financial affairs.

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