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Old 07.12.2012, 16:33
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New laws to prevent salary dumping, mainly in the building trade, will be activated in 2013.

Contractors will no longer be able to sub (sub/sub/sub) contract and throw their hands up when subcontractors are caught paying very low salaries and abusing workers, hours, conditions, etc. They will be responsible for ensuring the whole sub-contracting chain will adhere to union approved rates and conditions. Last year in Vaud, sub contractors were using Portuguese labour paid 4 CHF an hour
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Why are they limiting this to construction? They really need to look at other disciplines as well.
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Re: Sub-sub-sub-sub contracting and salary dumping

No, sorry - it will apply across the board, but will be mainly relevant to construction where abuse is prevalent.
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Last year in Vaud, sub contractors were using Portuguese labour paid 4 CHF an hour
Wait, what? That's lower then the minimum salary in Portugal.
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Exactly

From Le Temps September 2011:

Le syndicat Unia a bloqué jeudi matin un gros chantier à Aclens (VD). Des ouvriers détachés par une entreprise portugaise recevaient des salaires inférieurs de 80% à la CCT. L’entreprise adjudicataire allemande s’est engagée à les payer au tarif suisse.
Ces travailleurs étaient payés 3,15 euros de l’heure (3,78 francs), à peine un cinquième du salaire minimum prévu par la convention collective (CCT) de la maçonnerie, a dénoncé Unia. Le syndicat a envoyé à l’entreprise portugaise des mises en demeures concernant quatre ouvriers, en exigeant le paiement du salaire dû selon la convention.
Jeudi entre 07h00 et 11h00, une vingtaine de personnes ont bloqué le chantier d’un centre d’entretien pour camions, en construction à Aclens, à une dizaine de kilomètres de Morges et de Lausanne. Les représentants syndicaux ont été reçus par les responsables du chantier et un accord a pu être trouvé: les quatre ouvriers recevront le salaire dû selon la CCT suisse.
L’entreprise allemande qui avait remporté le marché l’a sous- traité à une autre société allemande qui l’a elle-même sous-traité à l’entreprise portugaise, a expliqué à l’ats le secrétaire syndical Pietro Carobbio. La première entreprise s’est engagée à procéder dès jeudi au paiement du salaire légalement dû et à vérifier tous ses sous-traitants.
Avec la crise dans les pays de l’Union européenne, ce type de cas est en augmentation, regrette M. Carobbio. Cette situation montre l’importance pour la branche de la construction de disposer d’un contrat collectif de travail au niveau national, souligne le syndicaliste.


As you can see, it was sub-contracted to a German firm, that sub-contracted to a Portuguese one. The Portuguese contractors actuall fixed the salary rate to 3.15 Euros, as you say way below the minimum wage in Portugal.
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Hmmm, there has to be more to this story.

Anyway, I'm happy they have new regs on this. I was thinking of other industries/disciplines were abuse is going on as well.
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Re: Sub-sub-sub-sub contracting and salary dumping

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New laws to prevent salary dumping, mainly in the building trade, will be activated in 2013.

Contractors will no longer be able to sub (sub/sub/sub) contract and throw their hands up when subcontractors are caught paying very low salaries and abusing workers, hours, conditions, etc. They will be responsible for ensuring the whole sub-contracting chain will adhere to union approved rates and conditions. Last year in Vaud, sub contractors were using Portuguese labour paid 4 CHF an hour
CHF 4 per hour in Switzerland or working Portugal??
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As you can see, it was sub-contracted to a German firm, that sub-contracted to a Portuguese one. The Portuguese contractors actuall fixed the salary rate to 3.15 Euros, as you say way below the minimum wage in Portugal.
I didn't see that you had updated your post until now.

Yes. But there is still more to the story. They were probably being paid also room and board plus money under the table. There is no way you can live in Switzerland on this salary. So I'm guessing the "official" salary was CHF4 an hour. However the total compensation was probably more.

So not only is there salary dumping but tax & social charge evasion.

That of course does not excuse what is going on. I hope they start cracking down more on this kind of behavior. The only people making money are the middle men. The workers are getting screwed and so are the house owners when the materials turn out to be sub-par because they are also cutting costs there.
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Re: Sub-sub-sub-sub contracting and salary dumping

I am VERY pleased this practise has been stopped
(The CHF 4,-- was for work in Switzerland, viz: à Aclens, à une dizaine de kilomètres de Morges et de Lausanne)

There was a case about a year ago in Bern: Swiss Post were demolishing their old building next to the railway station, and foreign workers were living in the old bomb shelter cellars and being paid CHF 10,-- per hour. Of course the contract signed by Swiss Post was for a decent payment, but some scumbags found cheaper labour and pocketed the difference.

I made a protest here, but was shouted down by rich scumbags that claimed a minimum wage would only lead to higher unemployment. So yeah, tell those guys they should be glad of a job at CHF 4,-- per hour.
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