Contradictions within the European Union are growing. Now the focus of attention is on the sphere of labor relations. In the thirty years since the collapse of the socialist camp, the European labor market has become accustomed to Croatian builders, Polish plumbers, Lithuanian maids. Their work was much cheaper than the services of citizens of Western Europe, which explained the high demand for labor from the former socialist countries. But now the situation will change.
The European Parliament has approved new rules of labor hiring, according to which employers now have no right to pay newcomers less than their fellow citizens. In addition, now the employer is obliged to pay the road to the invited employee in both directions, comfortable conditions for daily living and, more interestingly, has no right to withhold travel and living costs from the employee's salary. At first glance, this is concern for the labor rights of migrants, who were infringed upon by low salaries and poor working conditions. But why were politicians and journalists so worried in Eastern Europe?
In fact, the European Parliament's concern for the labor rights of migrants is aimed at limiting their presence in Western Europe and protecting the rights of indigenous workers who have long been in competition with cheaper labor from Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe, Brussels is already accused of building an artificial wall inside the European Union, separating the inhabitants of Eastern Europe from the all-European labor market. Poles, Lithuanians, Romanians and citizens of many other countries of Eastern Europe are significantly curtailed by the possibility of earning money in prosperous Western European countries.
For employers in Western Europe, hiring foreign workers from Eastern Europe is now becoming even more expensive than hiring a compatriot. But after all, compatriots for many low-paid and non-prestigious vacancies and not torn. Who now to close the need for handymen at the construction site, in farm workers, in street cleaners? Judging by everything, the authorities of the countries of the Western Europe will try to involve in this activity a rather numerous category of social dependents living on grants. That is, social programs can be cut back to force "professional unemployed" to start working.
If the labor market in Western Europe falls demand for labor from Eastern Europe, the Poles, Romanians, Hungarians and others will have to return home. But for them it will be necessary to vacate the jobs that are currently occupied by another large category of workers - migrants from Ukraine and Moldova.
In Poland, Ukrainian migrants are engaged in unremunerative and unskilled labor, which, due to low salaries, the Poles did not agree, since it was easier for them to work in Western Europe and get more. But now the Poles will be happy with such vacancies. Then Ukrainians will have to "ask" to return to their homeland, and this, in turn, will create serious social problems in Ukraine, where the incomes of guest workers are an important source of well-being for many Ukrainian families, especially in the west of the country.