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FIEC Press release - Labour mobility and posting of workers: FIEC message to the Ministers in the EPSCO Council

Date 22/04/2016
As a follow-up to the recent meeting with the Dutch Minister for Social Affairs, Mr. Lodewijck Asscher, the two Social Partners of the European Sectoral Dialogue in the Construction Industry, FIEC and EFBWW, were invited to present their views on labour mobility and in particular on the proposed targeted revision of the "Posting" directive (96/71/EC) in the informal meeting of the EPSCO Council (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council) in Amsterdam on 19-20/4/2016.

On behalf of the employers' side, FIEC President Johan Willemen stressed that contrary to other sectors, in construction it is the companies and their workers that have to move to where the final product is built. This explains why labour mobility and more particularly "posting of workers” have always figured amongst the highest priorities of FIEC and the Sectoral Social Dialogue.

"The increasing amount of fraud and abuse that our companies and our workers have to face, in particular in connection with cross-border operations, are undermining our social and economic models", said Willemen, "The situation is becoming really dramatic and actions must urgently be taken and this led us to develop joint proposals against social fraud, together with our Social Partner EFBWW, working together with mutual trust, focussing on pragmatic solutions and putting aside possible ideological positions."

FIEC insisted on the need to keep the transposition and application of the "Enforcement” Directive (2014/67/EC) as a top priority and that it will intervene in a constructive manner, in order to ensure that the recently proposed targeted revision of the "Posting” Directive effectively provides the right answers to the concerns that it addresses.

"We need labour mobility and lawful "posting” for the competitiveness of our economy, but within a framework that can guarantee a level playing field for companies and respect for workers’ rights. FIEC is ready and willing to play its role in close cooperation with our Social Partner, the EFBWW, and to provide you with our practical expertise for finding pragmatic solutions that have real added value and an effective impact on the field.” concluded Willemen.

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