Commission publishes report on key working conditions directive

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The 2019 Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive introduces a range of new or enhanced rights for millions of workers across Europe. Member States have until August 2022 to transpose the Directive into national legislation and the European Commission has just published its expert group report. This is not binding but covers the points raised in the group by representatives of national governments and other experts. The main issue for EPSU is the provision that gives member states the possibility to exclude certain public service workers from Chapter III of the directive which covers, among other things, probation, parallel employment, predictability of work and training. The expert group report (pages 18-23) highlights the fact that any exclusion has to be on objective grounds based on workers’ duties and/or employment conditions and makes clear that an exclusion from the entirety of Chapter III would be very difficult to justify.

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