Joint statement by European Parliament Co-Rapporteurs Elisabeth Morin-Chartier and Agnes Jongerius, Bulgarian Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive:
"After intensive negotiations we, the negotiators on behalf of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, are satisfied to have covered all issues during the 7th trilogue meeting. We reached a common understanding on the contours of a possible agreement on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. We believe that the proposed package agreement on the table is balanced. The possible agreement establishes the principle of equal pay for equal work on the same place, whilst providing more legal certainty for both workers and employers.
We will now present the results of our negotiations within our respective institutions and will do our utmost to secure the mandates necessary for the final conclusion"
The directive stipulates that a posted worker can keep a set of core work rights derived from their home country instead of having to follow the rules of the host member state.
Employers are still required to pay taxes in the country where the company is based.
These rights include: *Minimum rates of pay *Maximum working periods and minimum rest periods *Minimum paid annual leave *Conditions of hiring out workers through temporary agencies *Health and safety and hygiene at work *Equal treatment of employees, regardless of gender
If the working conditions of the host country are more favourable for workers than those of their home member state, the employer can choose to apply them.