True or false?There are only Eastern European workers on building sites

11 min

Available until 21/03/2025

The spectre of the Polish plumber and his Eastern European construction industry colleagues has been invoked as a threat to jobs in various European countries for 20 years. The "posted worker" – an EU citizen who, for a limited period, carries out his work in a member state other than the one where he usually works – is accused of stealing local jobs and driving down wages. But are these claims justified?

This programme by Belgian broadcaster RTBF is part of the European Collection, a joint initiative from European public service media (ARD, ARTE, France Télévisions, SRG SSR, RTBF and ZDF), coordinated by ARTE.

Country

Belgium

Year

2022

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