Press conference by László Andor on the posting of workers
At a press conference on 21 March 2012 in Brussels, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, presented new rules to increase the protection of European workers temporarily posted abroad.
Findings suggest that minimum employment and working conditions are often not respected for the one million or so posted workers in the EU. To address the specific issues of abuse where workers do not enjoy their full rights in terms of for example, pay or holidays, especially in the construction sector, the European Commission has put forward concrete, practical proposals as part of an enforcement Directive to increase monitoring and compliance and to improve the way existing rules on posted workers are applied in practice. This will ensure a level playing field between the businesses involved, excluding companies that don't follow the rules.
The overall aim is to boost quality jobs and increase competitiveness in the EU by updating and improving the way the single market works, while safeguarding workers’ rights.