‘We hope for common position on posted workers’: Minister

Entrepreneurship Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz discussed the objectives of the 6th Work Mobility Congress which began in Kraków and is to focus on the EU-proposed reform of the posted workers’ directive.

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“It is a very important meeting for us,” Ms Emilewicz said at a press conference. “We hope to encourage Polish businessmen to provide us with even broader knowledge of the inability to implement the directive and its lack of clarity. We hope that it will result in more countries joining our stance towards the directive.”

The 6th Work Mobility Congress began in Kraków on Thursday. “It is another event… which, I hope, will result in a common, strong position in a discussion in which Poland takes part,” the Minister said.

She also spoke about the ‘black book’ which has gathered instances of law violations with regards to posted workers. “We have seen multiple cases of violations of the current law, these provide us with a weapon in our discussion with the European Commission,” Ms Emilewicz said.

The Work Mobility Congress will last for two days.

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 and the social contributions of their foreign-posted staff according to the host country’s rates.

Poland has been opposing the new regulations, arguing that the salary changes would make its workers less competitive in Western markets. Currently, their low cost makes them attractive for foreign employers. In its opposition to the bill Poland is joined by Croatia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, and Malta.