All workers should have transparent and predictable working conditions

07/02/2019

Image: Social Europe Network

PES Social Europe Network meeting, October 2018

The provisional agreement on the Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions is a step in the right direction, the Party of European Socialists (PES) said today.

Last night the Romanian Presidency of the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the directive, which aims to make working conditions across the EU more transparent and predictable.

The directive is one of the first times rights set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights, which the PES strongly campaigned for, have formed the basis of draft legislation.

President of the PES, Sergei Stanishev said:

“Progressives across the EU have campaigned for strong rights and protections for workers for decades. When technological development, demographic change, and new forms of employment transform the labour market, we believe rules and regulations must be adapted, updated and reformed to safeguard these hard fought for rights.

“Our ministers in the EPSCO ministerial and the Social Europe Network have worked tirelessly on this directive. This provisional agreement is not the end of the legislative process, but it is an encouraging sign. We strongly hope this directive progresses and is adopted. All workers should be informed about their rights, have a set working time and wage, and defined rules for renewal and termination of contracts. We back strong rights for all workers, in all sectors, in all member states.”