Motion for a resolution - B6-0193/2007Motion for a resolution
B6-0193/2007

    MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

    2.5.2007

    to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
    pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
    by Jean Lambert, Elisabeth Schroedter and Sepp Kusstatscher
    on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
    on strengthening European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers

    Procedure : 2007/2546(RSP)
    Document stages in plenary
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    B6-0193/2007

    B6‑0193/2007

    European Parliament resolution on strengthening European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers

    The European Parliament,

    –  having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular to its provisions regarding social rights, and to Article 136 of the EC Treaty, under which the Member States shall have as their objectives the promotion of employment, improved living and working conditions, proper social protection, dialogue between management and labour, the development of human resources with a view to lasting high employment and the combating of exclusion,

    –  having regard to Directive 2002/14/EC of 11 March 2002[1] on informing and consulting employees, Directive 98/59/EC of 20 July 1998[2] on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to collective redundancies, Directive 94/45/EC of 22 September 1994[3] on the establishment of European Works Councils and Council Directive 2001/23/EC of 12 March 2001[4] on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the safeguarding of employees’ rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of undertakings or businesses; whereas the abovementioned directives concern the harmonisation of Member States’ legislation on the instruments of dialogue between management and labour,

    –  having regard to the Commission’s communication ‘Restructuring and employment - anticipating and accompanying restructurings to develop employment: the role of the European Union’ (COM (2005) 0120 final) and the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 14 December 2005 (CESE 1495/2005),

    –  having regard to its resolution on ‘Restructuring and Employment (2005/2188 (INI))’, adopted on 16 March 2005,

    –  having regard to its resolution of 4 September 2001 on the Commission report on the application of the directive on the establishment of a European works council,

    –  having regard to its previous resolutions on industrial restructurings and mergers,

    –  having regard to the Commission’s declaration to plenary on 25 April 2007 on the subject of strengthening European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers,

    –  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

    A.  whereas the Lisbon objectives seek to promote full employment, quality of jobs, social and territorial cohesion and sustainable development,

    B.  whereas the consequences of restructuring sometimes run counter to the Lisbon objectives of promoting full employment, quality of jobs, social and territorial cohesion and sustainable development,

    C.  whereas strong social dialogue and collective bargaining, an innovation-oriented industrial policy, efficient, targeted labour legislation and active labour market policies are key to reaching the objectives of smart and green growth as set out in the Lisbon Strategy and providing the conditions in which industrial activities that employ a large segment of the working population of Europe can be maintained and developed,

    D.  whereas information and consultation rights for workers are an essential tool in the European Social Dialogue, and hence an essential part of Social Europe; whereas Social Europe needs to be strengthened by instruments such as legislation,

    E.  whereas the number of restructuring procedures across Europe in which workers report that information rights have not been respected has considerably increased in recent years,

    F.  whereas the European Parliament requested in its resolution (A5-0282/2001) of September 2001 that Directive 94/45/EC be modified, and whereas the Commission has not responded with a proposal,

    G.  whereas the process of reorganising by means of, for example, restructuring, mergers and relocations affects citizens, workers and regions across the European Union; whereas in this process it is essential that all legislation be duly respected and implemented, especially to guarantee the involvement of stakeholders; whereas non-compliance with legislation needs to be followed up promptly in order to create a level playing field,

    H.  whereas one of the consequences of globalisation is increased concentration, regrouping and the creation of large international groups, sometimes in sectors of vital strategic interest; whereas, therefore, assistance should be given to all sides of industry to cope with change; whereas this includes the right to information and consultation,

    1.  Calls on the Commission, as already requested by the European Parliament on several occasions and most recently in its resolution of 16 March 2006 (2005/2188 (INI)), to review and modernise European legislation concerning consultation and information, in order to ensure a coherent and efficient framework of law, avoid legal uncertainty and improve both the implementation of legislation and the articulation of social dialogue between the national and the European levels;

    2.  Calls on the Commission to present it with a timetable for the review and modernisation of European legislation concerning consultation and information;

    3.  Calls on the Commission to ensure that proper implementation takes place in the Member States and to report to Parliament on the state of implementation of European legislation relating to consultation and information;

    4.  Calls on the Commission to notify those Member States that have not properly implemented information and consultation directives;

    5.  Calls on the Commission to improve the internal coordination of its policies in the areas of employment and social affairs, economic and monetary affairs, industry, and research and development, and to encourage the social partners to take an active part in developing a coherent set of policies aimed at maintaining a competitive and innovative Europe;

    6.  Reminds the Commission of the need, pursuant to Article 127 of the Treaty, to ensure there is a coherent link between competition rules and Community social and employment legislation; calls for clearance for mergers to be subject to proof of compliance with the obligation to inform and consult employees and European works councils;

    7.  Calls on its relevant committees to include in their work programme reports that would provide a basis for the Commission to develop more vigorous policies with which to address globalisation at European level, with enhanced social dialogue, increased private and public investment in R&D, better lifelong learning and active labour-market policies;

    8.  Insists that no Structural Fund monies should be granted to companies which have breached major aspects of their obligations under the Information and Consultation Directives and/or that such companies should be required to repay these and any other Community funds or national aid given to them for the promotion of regional development and employment, and that they should be excluded from public procurement and public subsidies;

    9.  Calls on the Commission to adopt a more decisive strategy for anticipating industrial restructuring and tackling its social and environmental impact;

    10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, and the social partners.