European Parliament, Brussels, 31.01.2008
Monday 4 February 2008
An important element for the Members of the European Parliament was the incorporation of provisions aimed at ensuring that increased competition does not lead to social dumping and degradation of working conditions. However, the basic labour conditions set by the Member States will not be affected by this directive.
What makes sense on paper can of course turn out to be quite complicated in practice. The dispute between Germany and the Netherlands regarding minimum postal wages illustrated this and shed some light on the possible difficulties occurring when creating a level playing field and ensuring fair competition while also guaranteeing workers’ rights. Director of France’s La Poste Francis Mary underlines the importance of the debate on the social clauses and states that a social framework is needed.
In May 2008 Eurofedop’s Trade Council on Post and Telecoms will take place in Switzerland. Discussion will focus on the third postal directive and its implications for the member states and the professionals.