EP to vote on posted workers bill in March

The European Parliament has set the date for the vote on the changes to the regulations on posted workers for March.

Council of EU approves controversial posted workers directive

The new regulations aim at regulating foreign workers’ competitiveness, while some call them protectionist.

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This was decided by the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament on Thursday.

In January, the most controversial aspects of the bill were rejected during voting by the transport committee. It is now time for both sides to enter amendments which are to be debated in March. The procedure for voting has not yet been clarified.

“This shows that some Western states do not abandon the fight, despite the defeat in the January vote. Leaders of the European parties will decide on the form of voting next week,” a source in the European Parliament told the Polish Press Agency.

What is the posted workers’ directive?

A "posted worker" is an employee who is sent by his employer to carry out a service in another EU member state on a temporary basis.

The EU is proposing reforms to the regulations concerning posted workers. The changes would mean that posting employers are obliged to pay the salary of their foreign-posted staff according to the host country rates.

For many member states, such as Germany or France, the revision of the European rules on the posted workers is a way to protect citizens and the economy against social dumping, a practice of employers capitalising on cheap labour by employing migrant workers. Polish workers have long benefited from this practice as their low costs made them more attractive for foreign employers.

Poland has been opposing the new regulations, arguing that the salary changes would make its workers less competitive in Western markets. Polish ministers called the changes protectionist. In its opposition to the bill, Poland is joined by Croatia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, and Malta.