Eurociett offers opinion on interplay between agency work and Posting of Workers Directive


European Social Law Conference - Strasbourg - 20 Jan

European Social Law Conference, 20 Jan

On 20 January Eurociett Managing Director Denis Pennel spoke about the relationship between the Agency Work Directive (AWD)and the Posting of Workers Directive (PWD) at the Current Issues on European Social Law Conference in Strasbourg, France.


Pennel offered Eurociett’s perspective on the situation of temporary agency workers in the context of the two directives. Pennel outlined the guiding principles of the AWD, namely equal treatment for agency workers being coupled with the review and removal of unjustified restrictions to agency work along with the protection offered to agency workers in articles 3.1, 3.7 and 3.9 of the PWD. Eurociett argues that the directive are mutually reinforced.


Pennel stated “As far as temporary agency work is concerned, there is  no need for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive but better enforcement at national level, more information exchange and administrative cooperation between Member States are needed."


Pennel also raised the issue of the lack of consistent and reliable data on posted workers and a  need for better monitoring of statistical data.Eurociett and its partner in EU Sectoral Social dialogue UNI Europa have set up an Observatory on temporary agency work cross-border activities which monitors the conditions to post agency workers in Euope.


Pennel went on to state that Eurociett welcomes in principle the proposed enforcement Directive (to be made public in February) as it should help to clarify issues and solve lack of proper enforcement.