Vote to start negotiations on Directive on predictable working conditions

Vote to start negotiations on Directive on predictable working conditions

The Plenary of the European Parliament has voted to move the discussions on the Transparent and predictable working conditions directive to the next stage of the legislative process. The vote gives the European Parliament the mandate to negotiate on the position agreed in the draft with the European Commission and the European Council. This is a positive step 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 welcomes the first steps towards a Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions as a step towards making the European labour market fairer for employees. These initiatives are urgently necessary to demonstrate that the European Union is working on social policies that improve the living conditions of workers and employees.

SOLIDAR is pleased to see that the directive covers workers in non-standard employment forms such as zero hours workers, atypical workers, platform workers, freelancers and the majority of people working in the civil and public sector.

SOLIDAR repeats its call for more action in the follow up to the proclamation of the Pillar of Social Rights. One year after the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights we are holding the Conference “The unsustainable burden of inequalities: How the implantation of the European Pillar of Social Rights can lead to the achievement of the Agenda 2030” on 22 November 2018 at the European Parliament 13:00 – 15:00. Registration here

Professor  Kate Pickett, co-author of the “The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing (2018)”; Udo Bullmann, MEP, S&D Group President; Joost Korte, DG EMPL, European Commission, Director General; Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of  ETUC; Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour of Luxembourg and Kélig Puyet, Director, Social Platform will discuss together how this potentially crucial instrument can be better implemented in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals as to become the landmark for future European policies.

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