The Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal for a new Directive on Transparent and predictable working conditions as announced on 6 February 2019 by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen. The Commissioner tweeted that the agreement, that will benefit 200 million workers in Europe, was reached after intense negotiations.
SOLIDAR welcomes the agreement, as this directive will guarantee more rights to information and a minimum set of rights to every worker with an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by the law, collective agreements or practice in force in each Member State. It also covers workers in casual or short-term employment and in non-standard forms of employment such as: on-demand workers, intermittent workers, atypical workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices.
Regrettably, the Directive does not apply to workers working less than three hours per week over four weeks (less than 12 hours per month). Genuinely self-employed workers will not be covered from the new rules.
The set of minimum rights covered will be:
This is only one of the first steps toward the path that will lead to a concrete implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and towards the improvement of workers’ rights in the European Union. SOLIDAR repeats its call for more action in the follow up to the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
This provisional agreement now has to be formally adopted by both the European Parliament and the Council.