Keyword: construction industry

French construction industry slide highlights Hollande's woes

Recovering to nearly 400,000 after the crisis, annual housing starts fell to 330,000 last year and are set to slump to 300,000 or below this year.

Scandal of the 'low cost' European workers in France

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 © Rachida El Azzouzi © Rachida El Azzouzi

From Portuguese builders to Romanian welders, the number of European workers who are brought in on 'temporary assignment' to French building sites is increasing all the time. In theory all these foreign staff should benefit from the same wages and social rights as their French counterparts. But the grim reality is that unscrupulous employers in France's construction industry and other sectors are getting around the law to pay the workers pitifully low wages and deprive them of their social rights. Rachida El Azzouzi met some of the union officials trying to fight against this growing form of exploitation.