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Spanish workers slam Dutch flex work excesses, brief MEPs
Complaints by Spanish workers who are say they are being exploited by Dutch employers have been brought to the attention of the European parliament ahead of this week's debate about a new European Labour Authority which connects national labour inspectorates, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Complaints from Spanish workers, presented to the European parliament at the invitation of the ruling socialist party PSOE last week, include fewer working hours than initially promised, poor living and working conditions and contracts promising a fixed monthly wage that turn out to be zero hour contracts.

archived defects in Art. 153
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority
"amazon of airlines"
EU Citizens Push for Better Wages for Gig* Economy Workers
social benefits and standardized contracts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:57:35 AM EST
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Truck drivers become key EU election issue in Bulgaria
The European Commission wants to put restrictions on cargo transport to ensure adequate rest for truck drivers and limit driving distances. Bulgaria, where the transport sector accounts for 15% of GDP and employs some 200,000 people, fears it will erode its workforce's low-cost advantage. It says it could cost jobs and force Bulgarian truckers to move to Western Europe, worsening a wealth gap within the EU
The new rules concern truck drivers' postings, driving and rest times, and access to the market. Especially worrying for Bulgarian truckers is the requirement that they spend their rest time in a hotel rather than in bunks in their trucks. The rules would also force drivers to return home every three or four weeks with an empty truck.

[EP candidate Angel] Dzhambazki said that the European proposal, called the Mobility Package, would cause thousands of Bulgarians to emigrate to wealthier European countries to be closer to the markets they work with. He sees the proposal as an effort by countries like France and Germany to protect their own businesses from the competition of lower-wage countries like Bulgaria.
"Like the Germans or Italians who come to Bulgaria and feel comfortable here, we also need to feel comfortable when we go there because we are a big family," [Eurospeed transport owner, Dimitar Rashkov] says. "That is what the European Union stands for."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 06:49:14 PM EST
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Fact-check: Is equal EU minimum wage possible, as Bulgarian socialists claim?
Earlier in May, European Commission First Vice-president and lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for the new Commission president, Frans Timmermans, called on the EU countries to introduce a European minimum wage standard.
The European debate is about introducing a common standard for the minimum wage, which is 60% of the average wage in the country. ... Timmermans is, in fact, putting pressure on the six EU members without an official minimum, namely Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Opponents of the minimum wage see the policy as dragging down competitiveness and sovereignty [!], as well as levelling down salaries [!] - some sort of a race to the bottom.
Predictably, the highest minimum wages are in Luxembourg - just over €2,000. In the richest EU countries, the minimum wage varies from €1,100 to €1,680. Citizens of these countries would not support the introduction of an equal minimum wage standard[?], if such an idea was ever to be discussed at EU level. That would bring them closer [?] to the poorer countries, where the normal salary is two times lower than their minimum wage.

relative, comparative

The same economic logic applies to pensions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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"Bulgaria... It says it could cost jobs..." thank you AP, that will do.

It appears that Bulgaria is called Angel Dzhambazki. His political party is not specified in the article. The Bulgarian National Movement, as its name indicates, is a right wing party. One suspects that Angel's worry is more for the Bulgarian trucking companies than the drivers (his claim that the drivers would move to western Europe is interesting, because they would earn much higher wages there...)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:32:19 AM EST
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euractive behind the curve today

EU Employers Must Track Hours, Not Just Overtime, [ECJ] Rules

Backing a union[s'] suit[s] against Deutsche Bank, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that all employers must be required to have a system for tracking the working hours of staff.

When the Spanish trade union CCOO, short for Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras, initiated the dispute, Deutsche Bank shot back that its obligations under Spanish law include merely keeping a record of overtime and communicating those figures each month to the staff and their representatives.

(Reference for a preliminary ruling -- Social policy -- Protection of the safety and health of workers --Organisation of working time -- Article 31(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EuropeanUnion -- Directive 2003/88/EC -- Articles 3 and 5 -- Daily and weekly rest -- Article 6 -- Maximum weekly working time -- Directive 89/391/EEC -- Safety and health of workers at work -- Requirement to set up a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured)
REQUEST for a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU from the Audiencia Nacional (National HighCourt, Spain), made by decision of 19 January 2018, received at the Court on 29 January 2018, in the proceedings
Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO)
Deutsche Bank SAE,
intervener [US-Eng. Latin amicus curiae (sing.) amici curiae (pl.) "friend of the court"]:
Federación Estatal de Servicios de la Unión General de Trabajadores (FES-UGT),
Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT),
Confederación Solidaridad de Trabajadores Vascos (ELA),
Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG)...
brief by United Kingdom Government, by Z. Lavery, acting as Agent, and by R. Hill, Barrister [?!]
"The requirement to record only overtime hours worked does not therefore provide workers with an effective means of ensuring, first, that the maximum weekly working time laid down by Directive 2003/88 -- which includes overtime hours -- is not exceeded and, second, that the minimum daily and weekly rest periods provided for by that directive are observed in all circumstances."
So the European Labour Authority has something to beat fraudsters with. That's a start.

The Primacy of EU Law and its implications
A victory for European justice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:11:46 PM EST
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