New forms of work call for more transparent and predictable working conditions

With the increase in flexible and atypical employment in the EU, it is now paramount to make working conditions more transparent and predictable for all workers, which can be best achieved through social dialogues and collective bargaining at national level, the EESC argued in its opinion on the Commission's proposal for a directive on transparent working conditions.

The EESC described the directive as a real step towards implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights and adapting to the future world of work. However, it also warned against the possible administrative burden which could fall on employers if some of the directive's provisions are implemented in their current form, and recommended that some of its aspects be clarified and the responsibility for certain issues left to Member States.

The transparent working conditions directive is a great chance to start a social Europe, said Christian Bäumler, rapporteur for the EESC opinion, adding that on-demand work cannot be maintained as a form of employment without setting an appropriate reference period and appropriate advance notice for workers.

Co-rapporteur Vladimira Drbalová pointed out that the current proposal contained some unclear provisions that could cause legal uncertainties in the labour market. Some fine-tuning was needed as the proposal was not yet sufficiently well-founded.(ll)