The proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions is a direct follow-up to the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
It aims to set new rights for all workers, particularly addressing insufficient protection for workers in more precarious jobs, while limiting burdens on employers and maintaining labour market adaptability.
The Commission is proposing that all workers in the EU should have the right to:
The proposal has a broad personal scope of application. It aims to ensure that these rights cover all workers in all forms of work, including those in the most flexible non-standard and new forms of work such as zero-hour contracts, casual work, domestic work, voucher-based work or platform work.
It also comes with targeted provisions on enforcement, to make sure that workers in the workplace effectively benefit from these rights.
The Proposal for a Predictable Work Directive stems from the revision of the current Written Statement directive, which has existed since 1991 and gives employees starting a new job the right to be notified in writing of the essential aspects of their employment relationship.
The Commission's REFIT evaluation of the Directive showed that many workers in the EU do not receive a written confirmation of their working conditions or do not receive all the information they need in a timely manner.
Moreover, since 1991 the labour market has changed and new needs have emerged, as shown on the outcome of the consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The new Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions would repeal the current Written Statement Directive.
As required by the EU Treaties, the Commission consulted trade unions and employers’ organisations in a two-stage approach:
to seek their views on the challenges identified by the Commission and whether they wished to launch negotiations for an autonomous agreement to tackle them.
However, the views of the social partners on the need for legislation were mixed. Since they did not enter into negotiations to conclude an agreement at EU level, the initiative passed to the Commission to make a legislative proposal.
The Commission proposal for a directive will now go the Council and the Parliament for negotiations under co-decision procedure.