The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for more social responsibility in sub-contracting chains, in particular the need for legislation introducing joint and several liability to deal with the cross-border dimensions of sub-contracting.
There has been a boom in sub-contracting in the European Union over the last few decades. Whilst this has resulted in rising employment it has also led to concerns about the scope for abuse, especially in long sub-contracting chains and in cross-border operations.
Eight Member States have already responded to the problems connected with the duties of sub-contractors as employers by establishing national liability schemes but the European Parliament has highlighted the need for measures at a European level. It said that companies must be liable for the conditions of workers employed by their sub-contractors.