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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the Posting of Workers Directive and the skills drain

Dominique Martin

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the Posting of Workers Directive and the skills drain  


The European Parliament,


–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,


A.  whereas the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive aims to facilitate the cross-border provision of services, but the challenge of providing adequate protection for workers is hampering progress;


B.  whereas the Commission has emphasised the importance of the directive, pointing out that businesses use posted workers to offset the skills shortage in certain sectors;


C.  whereas in practice the directive has led to a significant skills drain in certain sectors, such as construction and transport;


D.  whereas EU legislation tends to undermine the autonomy of the social partners;


1.  Calls on the Commission to recognise that unfair competition stems from differences in labour costs, rather than the availability of skilled workers;


2.  Urges the Commission to repeal the directive, which is the only way out of the EU crisis, given the large number of national parliaments and assemblies that are opposed to its revision.

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