The right to movement and work.
We had many beggars in the streets and some people saw this as a problem. We saw the possibilities and offered them work instead. We analysed the legal aspects (taxation, work permits, insurances et.) of migrant workers, and adapted our system to existing regulations.
Emmaus labour pool can be hired for all possible assignments : gardening, repairs, painting, cleaning, etc. For the client it costs 20 euros per hour incl. VAT.
The workforce is employed by Emmaus Åland. This will ensure legal certainty and security for both employees and clients.
The goal is to help temporary guest workers and migrants, but also to integrate more people in the Åland labour market – in both cases a way to contribute to a better life.
One Emmaus employee is coordinating the labour pool. Around 50 persons have been employed for shorter or longer assignments.
We are working in cooperation with local enterprises, private persons, and with tax and social authorities.
Labour pool logo.
Vasile and Constantin, from Romania.
Now, we try to integrate the Labour Pool more closely with all other Emmaus activities on the Åland Islands. And we continuously try to get more customers so that we can employ more migrants and other persons in need of a job.
The initiative started in October 2015. Since the start we have had around 200 customers and 50 employees. Some of the employees have moved back to their home countries and some have settled here. Some have moved onto full time employment on the regular labour market.
The Labour Pool example has got intention in local and national media. One organization in Helsinki is about to copy the model.
We need to get more customers to make it financially sustainable both for Emmaus and the employees, who need to get more working hours. We also need to support the workers in many other matters, such as contacts to authorities and living.