Employment rights in a Europe of open borders: - extracts from the Question Time to the Commission

Type: News   Reference: 83078   Duration: 00:05:02  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 18/04/2012   First transmission: 18/04/2012
Today in the European Parliament MEP's questioned Commissioner László ANDOR, in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, about employment rights in a Europe of open borders. Question Time to the Commission was mainly focused on so-called Monti II proposed regulation and on the protection of workers temporarily posted abroad and its incidence on internal labour market and individual rights. The so-called MONTI II regulation is a proposal for a Council Regulation on the exercise of the right to take collective action within the context of the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services. If adopted, the Regulation will lay down the general principles and rules applicable at Union level with respect to the exercise of the fundamental right to take collective action within the context of the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services. It will not affect the right or freedom to strike or to take other action covered by the specific industrial relations systems in Member States. For the European Commission, the proposal aims to clarify EU-level principles and rules concerning the right to take collective action. Its scope includes the temporary posting of workers to another Member State, and restructuring and/or relocation involving more than one Member State. An associated proposal for an ’Enforcement Directive’ seeks to increase the protection of workers temporarily posted abroad by improving monitoring of the posting of workers.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Employment rights in a Europe of open borders: - extracts from the Question Time to the Commission 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German) MEP Evelyn REGNER (AT, S&D) "In Austria, we have a very good legislation on wages and dumping. Now, these measures that is measures to fight wage dumping and social dumping, I mean, these are going to really threaten this type of legislation because of what has been accepted by the European Court of Justice." 00:00:23
00:00:33 SOUNDBITE (English) László ANDOR, Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion. "Social rights and social dumping as they have been mentioned in the question of course have been in the focus of the discussion about the posting of the workers especially following a few famous court rulings in this area. And this is why the Commission wanted to address this problem through various proposals but particularly as part of the package around the Monti 2 regulation. I think this will, if adopted, hep to address such situation in the future." 00:00:41
00:01:14 SOUNDBITE (Italian) MEP Sergio Gaetano COFFERATI (S&D, IT) (English translation) : "To my opinion the proposal tabled by the Commission is unacceptable, because the fundamental rights and the collective rights of the individual are being undermined, because if you assume that respect the rights of establishment and respect of individual rights are equal, and if you states that the right to strike must be put in balance with economical liberties, surely this has to be left up to the parties. I think this type of formula goes against the mutual interest of individuals but I think it is also negative in terms of the rights that have been acquired based on international legislation and international organization and also rights of the citizenship. This is why this proposal needs to be amended or withdrawn, possibly, so that we have a discussion which leaves it to the parties to re-decide on how to proceed." 00:01:02
00:02:16 SOUNDBITE (English) László ANDOR, Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion. "The Monti II regulation respects the Members States limited possibilities to intervene in strikes as well as the lack of competence of the EU to legislate on the right to strike as you read on the article 153.5 in the Treaty on the function of the European Union. So I believe that the right interpretation of this Monti II just like in the case of the functioning of the Monti I will help eliminating the misunderstanding of this." 00:00:33
00:02:49 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Cornelis de JONG (GUE/NGL, NL) (English translation) : "In international road transports there are many drivers in the Netherlands that are writing dramatic letters to me : Dutch companies are opening branches in Romania for instance, and then they take their drivers from the people of Romania with exactly the same lorries they had in the Netherlands and then they tell the Dutch drivers that there is no work for them, unless they are prepared to accept the working conditions applicable to Romanians. Surely, that is social dumping. A simple move in Europe with exactly the same company, you can completely alter the working conditions. Now in your proposal, Commissioner, I see no guarantee that this type of move of companies can be prevented." 00:00:53
00:03:42 SOUNDBITE (English) László ANDOR, Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion. "There is indeed a important focus in this proposal on the so-called letter-box companies, that simply place the centre of the establishment to another country without having a relevant part of their economical activity in that country. There are important provisions in this as such practices are diminished or even eliminated in the future. Indeed this is a form of social dumping and it doesn't helping maintaining fairness in the playing field of the European union economy." 00:00:37
00:04:19 SOUNDBITE (English) László ANDOR, Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion. "And this is not about the level of the wages, it is about more guaranties that the workers actually get the wages they are entitled to. And especially in the context of the posting of course it would be too ambitious to and probably also inappropriate to try to regulate the level of the wages. The point is that there are more guaranties that the workers actully get what they are entitled to. And this is very important. 00:00:26
00:04:45 CUTAWAYS : 5 shots 00:00:17
00:05:02 END 00:00:00
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