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

Author: Bernd Riegert, Deutsche Welle, Published on: 5 March 2018

"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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