The European Commission has launched today an online public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive.
László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has welcomed the adoption by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of two new international instruments to combat forced labour, and the approval of important amendments to the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention.
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, have agreed to step up cooperation in the area of health and safety at work as a means to enhance synergy and promote consistency in the way occupational safety and health challenges are addressed at global level, and so better address this key challenge across the world.
While just over half of European workers perceive working conditions in their country to be good (53%),a majority (57%) nevertheless think that their working conditions have deteriorated in the last 5 years, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today, which looks at how the quality of work has been affected by the crisis.
Around one in ten Europeans (11%) admits that they have bought goods or services involving undeclared work in the previous year, while 4% concede that they have themselves received undeclared pay in return for work. Furthermore, one in 30 (3%) was paid partly in cash by his or her employer ("envelope wages").
All Member States have adopted measures to implement Directive 2008/104/EC on temporary agency work and have in general done so correctly and applied its provisions in practice. These are the main findings of a report just published by the European Commission.
The European Commission has decided to refer Italy to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to apply correctly the Working Time Directive to doctors in public health services.
The European Commission has decided to refer Luxembourg to the EU's Court of Justice for breaching its obligations under the Fixed-Term Work Directive (1999/70/CE) to effectively protect certain fixed-term workers .
The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention concerning fair and decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189).
The European Commission has decided to refer Greece to the EU's Court of Justice for not complying with the EU rules on limits to working time for doctors in public health services.