Delayed in the post – revisions to the posted workers Directive

The revision of the posting of workers Directive will be discussed in the Trilogue of European institutions, after a long and cumbersome process of negotiation among member states and stakeholders. Inge Bernaerts, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, spoke at a CEPS Corporate breakfast on October 19th about the Commission’s proposal, explaining why the revision of the current Directive was necessary. Bernaerts highlighted the concept of ‘equal pay for equal work at the same place’, which should ensure that posted workers receive what they are due. She also made the point that the proposal does not seek to restrict postings but to facilitate them by making posting more attractive to workers. The differences between the proposals of the Commission, the European Parliament and European Council will now have to be reconciled. One key issue to watch out for is the maximum duration of postings, since the three institutions have different views on what is an appropriate maximum length for a “temporary service provision abroad”.

For more information on posted workers, see our recent publication or contact Matthias Busse.