About LMI

Labour Mobility Initiative was formally established in April 2013. Today, we associate 49 individuals from Poland, Germany and France representing businesses, administration, academics and lawyers. We believe that social rights and economic freedom to provide services are complementary values which must not to be antagonized. In daily work we organize educational events and participate in conferences, debates and expert meetings with political decision makers, academics and other stakeholders. LMI is a not for profit organization. All incomes are used to carry out statutory activity. We are supported by voluntary work, membership fees and donations.

Our objectives

A forum for dialogue of business, academics, policy-makers and administration

We bring together the knowledge of academics and lawyers with practical experience of business and administration to encourage a meaningful and fact-based debate on the posting of workers within the framework of the provision of services. We aim to create a platform – the first such in EU – for collaboration and opinion sharing between stakeholders from across Europe. To this end, we have launched a unique events: European Labour Mobility Congress in Krakow and Legal Posting Workshops.

Better law-making and clear and uniform interpretation of law

Through advocacy and expertise we contribute to better law-making and its clear and uniform interpretation. We organize expert meetings with political decision makers, academic researchers and stakeholders. We give opinions on draft legal acts of key importance to the work mobility, organise seminars, conferences and congresses. We work together with several European NGO’s, universities, work mobility experts and conduct our own research.

Supporting the mobility of work in the European Union

We support the intra-European mobility of work by integrating communities that support the idea of the free movement of workers and services on the Single Market. We strive to stigmatize misperception and stereotypes concerning phenomenon of posting of workers. For this purpose we work together with several European organizations. We take a closer look on discriminative and protectionist practices of public authorities and blow the whistle if needed.

Combating human trafficking and exploitation

We counteract human trafficking and exploitation of migrant workers through education and promoting safe and legal work. We strive to distinguish genuine posting of workers to deliver services in other Member State, with a core of mandatory terms and conditions of employment applied, from the phenomenon of social dumping, undeclared work or bogus self-employment which all lead to labour exploitation by circumvention of the EU and national laws.

What we do

Our mission

We promote the competitive advantage of Polish services on the internal market of the European Union and we raise public awareness of issues related to the posting of workers and the enforcement directive. Our activities in this field include:
  • organising the European Labour Mobility Congress,
  • granting the Labor Mobilis awards,
  • bringing topics relating to the export of Polish services to the attention of the media.

We are the most effective advocate of Polish services in Europe

LMI was the only non-governmental organisation that actively collaborated with Minister Radosław Mleczko and his team and Member of European Parliament Danuta Jazłowiecka, a rapporteur on the enforcement directive concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services, throughout the entire process of work on the directive. We provided the Polish delegation with arguments that were used in the final round of negotiations to successfully address the major threats to Polish workers and companies, including the single most serious threat of one-off posting.

We stay up-to-date

We keep an eye on laws on the mobility of labour and services in Poland and in Europe, legal developments and actions of authorities at national and Community levels. We keep track of media news and listen carefully to what our members and partners report to us. The information so harvested is then thoroughly analysed to allow us to respond to the problems raised. Our responses range from giving opinions on draft acts on the mobility of labour and services through reporting irregularities in the existing laws to actively contributing to public consultations.

We initiate and organise

The organisation of the European Labour Mobility Congress and of thematic meetings under the Legal Posting Workshop project is an important aspect of our activity. We also initiate discussions, debates and social campaigns in order to defend Polish services and counteract discrimination against Polish service providers posting their workers abroad.
IV Europejski Kongres Mobilności Pracy, 24-25 kwietnia 2015 Kraków

Specific fields of research:

  • the interpretation of replaceability of posted workers,
  • the posting of workers and the work performed in two countries,
  • the protection of Polish posted workers and their employers against discrimination in Europe,
  • the effective detection of companies with a fictitious address in the host country and the liquidation of letterbox companies,
  • the interpretation of substantial activities in determining the applicable social security law.
IV Europejski Kongres Mobilności Pracy, 24-25 kwietnia 2015 Kraków

Main information channel

Our website is our main communication tool. This is where we post our articles, comment on current events and regularly publish interviews with experts on the mobility of labour and services.

We keep our finger on the pulse

We publish a newsletter for distribution to our members and to a wider audience of representatives of business, policy-makers, academics and administration. We initiate debates and discussions on social networking sites. Our experts are regularly invited to speak in the media. We organise our own press conferences and are invited by our partners to participate in other media events.

MANAGEMENT

Stefan Schwarz

Stefan Schwarz

PRESIDENT OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

Economist. Graduate of the Cracow University of Economics. Co-founder and President of the Labour Mobility Initiative Association. Initiator of a successful campaign against unfavourable provisions of the enforcement directive, including one-off posting. Active participant of public consultations. He contributed, among others, to the preparation of guidance on respect for human rights in the HR sector as part of the European Commission’s Round Table. Initiator of a successful campaign to exempt care services performed for elderly people at their homes from VAT in 2010. Promoter of the idea of corporate social responsibility.
dr Marek Benio

Marek Benio, Ph.D.

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

Lawyer, PhD in Economics. Honorary Member of the Polish Social Security Association. Associate Professor, Department of Public Economy and Administration, Cracow University of Economics Expert in social security and labour law. Author of key legal opinions on the enforcement directive. Participant of public consultations. Contributor to many international research programmes. Author of numerous publications on social security, labour law, public economy and administration. Supervisor of over 200 MA and diploma theses. One of the ten best lecturers at the Cracow University of Economics.
Rafał Rzeźniczak

Rafał Rzeźniczak

MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

Economist. Graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics. Until 2013 CEO of a Polish company which is a leader of the market of cross-border home care services (he shaped this market by setting trends and rules). Involved in the export of services since 2004. Engaged in a successful campaign to exempt care services performed for elderly people at their homes from VAT. Advocate of legal forms of employment in cross-border home care services.

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