EU adopts rules on equal pay & working conditions for posted workers

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29 May 2018

Posting of workers: final vote on equal pay and working conditions

Author: European Parliament

Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules voted by Parliament...

The revised rules, approved by 456 votes to 147, with 49 abstentions, aim to ensure better protection for posted workers and fair competition for companies...

Under the agreed text, all of the host country’s remuneration rules must apply to posted workers. In addition to legal provisions, member states may apply large, representative regional or sectoral collective agreements. So far, this has been done only in the construction sector...

Travel, board and accommodation costs will have to be paid by the employer and not deducted from workers’ salaries. Employers will also have to ensure that the accommodation conditions for posted workers are decent, and in line with national rules...

The duration of the posting has been set at a maximum of 12 months, with a possible extension of 6 months. Thereafter, the worker will still be able to stay on and work in the member state to which he or she is posted, but beyond this, working conditions will be subject to the host country’s labour rules.

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5 March 2018

EU reaches agreement on wage equality & equal rights for foreign workers

Author: Bernd Riegert, Deutsche Welle

"EU moves toward wage equality for foreign workers", 3 March 2018

Posted workers sent from their home country to another in the European Union should, in future, receive higher wages and have the same rights as local workers...

The agreement between the three EU institutions, the Commission, the Council and the Parliament provides that:

- wages that are agreed upon in collective agreements for a place of employment [...] apply to all employees regardless of whether they come from Germany, Poland or Hungary. Regional collective bargaining agreements that apply, for example, only in the state of Hesse [...] are also applicable.

- bonuses, which until now have only been granted to employees from the country of assignment, such as night bonuses, overtime pay, or a 13th month's salary, are also to be granted to employees from the sending country...

- where there are no collective agreements, the legal minimum wage is to be paid to all employees, regardless of where they come from...

In principle, these regulations should also apply to the transport industry and truck drivers, who were previously excluded. However, long phaseout periods will apply here.

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