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Working time: Commission proposes rules for inland waterway workers based on a social partner agreement

07/07/2014
Working time: Commission proposes rules for inland waterway workers based on a social partner agreement © Shutterstock / Patrick Poendl

The European Commission has presented a proposal setting specific rules on working time for the inland waterway transport sector. This proposal would implement the agreement reached by EU-level representatives of employers and employees in this sector.

The agreement sets minimum rules on working time for passenger or cargo transport ships in inland navigation across the EU. These rules would apply to crew members and shipboard personnel and would complement the general working time Directive, which does not cover inland waterway workers.

Once agreed by the Council as a Directive, this proposal will contribute to improve working conditions for 31,000 crew members and shipboard personnel and to fairer competitive conditions for the 9,645 enterprises active in this sector.

Under the proposal:

  • total working time could not exceed 48 hours per week, though this could be averaged over up to 12 months
  • total night working time could not exceed 42 hours per week
  • workers would be entitled to at least four weeks' paid annual leave, and to paid annual health checks
  • workers would be entitled to at least 10 hours' rest every day (with at least six hours uninterrupted) and to at least 84 hours' rest in total every week.
     

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