Unions hope negotiations can deliver better rights for posted workers


Negotiations are set to begin between the European institutions over revisions to the Posted Workers Directive. European trade union organisations including the ETUC and the EFFAT and ETF sector federations, have expressed their disappointment with the outcome of the meeting of Employment Ministers on 23 October. This agreed a document that excludes road transport workers; contains insufficient safeguards on allowances; does not include a legal base to make it an instrument for the protection of workers, as opposed to only single market law; fails to recognise many types of collective agreements  and allows an unusually long 3 years for transposition of the revised Directive. Hopes are now pinned on the European Parliament which has adopted a report including a number of recommendations from the trade unions.

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