Labour standards and migration in the new Europe: post-Communist legacies and perspectives

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Series Details Vol.13, No.2, July 2007, p199-218
Publication Date July 2007
ISSN 0959-6801
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The post-communist New Member States of Eastern Europe have experienced significant forms of labour exploitation, with deterioration in labour standards and the working environment. This is leading to increasing labour force 'exit' on a scale not hitherto anticipated. Migrant workers from the Baltic states, paid lower wages and with poorer working conditions, have been at the centre of a number of high-profile labour disputes in the EU-15. This article uses Latvia as a case study in order to discuss the implications of increasing labour migration for the New Member States and for labour standards in the wider EU.

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