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Social dumping

Ingvar Mar Jónsson writes

There are a number of dubious and dubious opportunities in the economic crisis. One of them is to push down labor costs in business operations. There are more and more reports of social dumping in Iceland, undermining the welfare state. The manifestation is poverty, living in unaffordable housing, longer queues for charitable food distribution, illness and surrender.

People in need often do not make more demands on life but simply to survive. Is it acceptable that this need is used to squeeze value out of living human beings in a dubious and even illegal way?

It is best to live in a society where everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity. In order for this to happen, the framework of laws and rules of society must be in order, but that is not enough. Everyone needs to play by the rules of the game in order for the game of life to be fair and for dignity to rule over every human life.

It is important that we as human beings set ourselves and other healthy boundaries and that they are respected. Failure to do so will result in chaos, chaos and even destruction. The same principles apply to society as a whole. Manifestation of the destruction of society could be something like this:

A company offers a person a contractor contract that is much worse than the minimum wage terms stipulate. The election is not enough to cover all the costs of living in society as a person with dignity. With lower wage costs, the company has created an advantage over its competitors who play by the rules and respect the goals we set for ourselves as a society. There is a danger that these honest companies will see no other option in the situation than to offer their employees inhumane terms so that they can survive in fierce competitive operations where pseudo-contractors are engaged. That way, the dominoes of the welfare state could fall quickly.

On the Tax website you can see what it means to be a virtual contractor:

If a closer examination of the party’s contract and its implementation reveals that it is in fact an employment contract, even though it is called a contractor’s contract, it is a pseudo-contractor.

· Inside the relevant work provided for one person or more? – Contractors undertake to carry out works of a specific nature and generally offer their services on the general market. If you work for one or a few, it indicates that it is a working relationship and not a contractor relationship.

· Who provides facilities, tools , content? – If the purchaser of a service provides facilities, tools and materials, it is more likely that it is an employment contract.

· Is the relevant obligation to to do work personally? – Contractors undertake to perform a specific task, but are generally not obliged to perform a task personally, although there may be some exceptions. Employees, on the other hand, are obliged to perform work personally.

· Who guarantees the success of the work? – Contractors guarantee the success of the work they undertake. Employers guarantee the success of works performed by their employees.

· Who is responsible for damages? – Contractors are liable for damages if they cause damage to their work. The employer bears the so-called employer’s liability, which means that he is liable for damages caused by his employee in a criminal or illegal manner during working hours.

· Who has administrative law, such as deciding where, how and when the work is done? – Contractors have much more autonomy over it than employees where, how and when work is done.

· Is payment based on the success of a project or is payment based on unit of time? – In general, payments to contractors are based on the results of the work, but in the case of a unit of time in the case of an employee.

The Nordic welfare state has proven to be good for us Icelanders and the role of our citizens is to safeguard it. We reject social dumping!

The author is the chairman of the board of the Directorate of Labor .


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