Magazine article European Social Policy

Posting of Workers Directive : Meps Split on Need for Revision

Magazine article European Social Policy

Posting of Workers Directive : Meps Split on Need for Revision

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Due to procedural delays, the European Parliament's plenary vote on a proposal for the partial revision of Directive 96/71/EC on the posting of workers has been rescheduled from 21 to 22 October.

During the plenary debate on Swedish Socialist MEP Jan Andersson's own-initiative report Challenges to collective agreements in the EU', in the morning of 21 October, it became clear the MEPs had widely different views of the need to revise the directive. The report, adopted in September by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee by overwhelming majority, asks for a partial revision of Directive 96/71/EC on the posting of workers. The vote on 22 October could thus go in any direction.

According to several EP sources, the ALDE group's amendment, which urges "not to exclude a revision of the directive following first a thorough analysis of various national forms of collective agreements," will pass the vote.

During the debate, Jacek Protasiewicz (EPP-ED, Poland) said that it is not the content of the directive but rather its enforcement in the member states that is failing. "The directive as such is all right, we only see failures in the practice."

Not all MEPs agreed. Stephen Hughes (PES, United Kingdom) made it clear to the European Commission, represented by Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, that there should be a partial revision of the directive: "People in the EU are concerned about this directive. Its unclearness causes imbalance. It is our job to improve this situation and the Commission, which has the right of initiative, should act to do so. …

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