More transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU for workers
Today the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee adopted the provisional agreement reached with Council on the Commission’s proposal for a directive on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU.
The directive updates and improves mandatory information which workers must receive when starting a new job and which will now be provided in a more reasonable period with essential information given between the first and seventh day compared with the current two months. It also establishes new minimum rights for workers to address changes to the world of work particularly those resulting from digitalisation and technological advances while also ensuring labour market adaptability and improving living and working conditions. All workers, including an additional 3 million workers employed in new forms of work will benefit from more predictability and clarity as regards their working conditions as well as reinforced enforcement.
MEP Enrique Calvet Chambon (ES), rapporteur on this file said:
“The time to develop minimum rules on working conditions for European citizens has arrived. These minimum rights matter to the life of 500 million Europeans, it’s a response to their expectations and will contribute to balance flexibility and security. Our wish was to have all workers, all the new and old type of contracts, it does not matter how are they called, if on- demand, from platforms, temporary, etc."
This agreement now has to be formally adopted by the European Council and the European Parliament as a whole.