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PES President backs Minister Schmit’s call on the European Commission to take concrete measures to improve the legal situation of mobile workers in the EU

Writing to Commission President Juncker, PES President Sergei Stanishev strongly backs the measures to improve the situation of mobile and domestic workers in Europe that Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourgish Labour Minister and PES Employment and Social Affairs Network Chairman detailed in an open letter sent yesterday to Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen. Minister Schmit’s proposals are based on a recent declaration of the PES Employment and Social Affairs Ministers, calling for the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive and the establishment of a substantial EU platform against undeclared work.

Sergei Stanishev said: "I strongly support Minister Schmit’s and the PES Employment and Social Affairs Ministers’ initiative. We urgently need to take action at European level to protect labour rights and standards of mobile workers. Reforming the Posting of Workers Directive as proposed by the PES ministers would be a big step forward. The current rules leave too many loopholes that can lead to exploitation of mobile workers and lowering of labour standards, including wage".

In its work program for 2015, the European Commission announced its intentions to launch a ‘targeted review’ of the Posting of Workers Directive. In his open letter, Minister Schmit calls on the Commission to make sure that the ‘targeted review’ will result in an ambitious revision of the Posting of Workers Directive.

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