Firms in Europe now have to abide by the local laws and employment standards if and when they decide to depute workers on to other European Union countries on a temporary basis. This law was recently passed by the EU.
Workers who are sent to other EU countries would have the same rights and obligations and the same level of pay as the local employees in those countries do according to the new regulations that have been adopted by the European Parliament.
There have bene complaints that local workers were being undercut by cheaper eastern European labour in France, the UK and Germany where they are sent temporarily which results in unfair competition for the local workers.
This was also one of the issues that the pro-Brexit lobby had driven during the referendum. They had argued that the freedom of labor movement with the EU was the cause that British workers were being undermined in sectors such as construction and food processing. There were some firms in the sectors that have attempted to reduce operational and human resource costs by hiring low paid workers from the newly joined EU countries like Poland and Romania.
However, there are many companies that claim that since there are many jobs that Britons cannot fill due to lack of adequate skills and hence they are forced to hire foreign workers.
Now with the new regulations adopted by the EU, companies that send their workers to another EU country will need to pay for the travelling, boarding and accommodation expenses and will not be allowed to deduct those costs from the salary of the workers’.
Local standards would have to be met for the accommodation provided.
A maximum of 12 months would be the duration of the posting. There can be an extension of six months. Following the end of that period. the labor laws of the host country will govern the workers.
The 28 EU member states now have two years to transpose the rules into national law.
It has bene years that the RU has been dabbling with this law. There were many politicians who argued that hostility towards the EU was being fueled by the sense of injustice over posted workers.
The new law was called “an important step towards creating a social Europe that protects workers and stops companies from engaging in a race to the bottom – a Europe that does not cut corners and that looks out for ordinary, working people” by Dutch Socialist MEP Agnes Jongerius, one of the leading lawmakers involved in the new regulation.
There was an increase of 69% in posting between 2010 and 2016 and at the end of 20916, there were 2.3 million posted workers in the EU according to the European Parliament.
(Adapted from BBC.com)