>Following yesterday’s political agreement in the EU Employment Council on the Agency Work Directive, Eurociett welcomes the compromise solution that has been found on this dossier which has been blocked for years. Eurociett hopes that the political debate will now progress swiftly.
>Eurociett welcomes that the compromise reached between the EU Member States on equal treatment is broadly in line with its Joint Declaration on the Agency Work Directive1 signed with Uni-Europa last May.
>At the same time, it is vital that Member States are obliged to carry out a thorough and periodical review of national restrictions on the use of temporary agency work. The agency work industry still faces many unjustified restrictions across Europe, particularly sectoral bans and too limited reasons for use.
>Eurociett will call on the European Parliament to strengthen the current provision on the lifting of restrictions in the second reading, taking into account the EU sectoral social partner’s joint declaration, which stresses that “restrictions and prohibitions on the use of temporary agency work should be proportionate, non-discriminatory and objective. They should be assessed and reviewed periodically by Member States or by relevant social partners if such restrictions or prohibitions are laid down in collective labour agreements – to ensure that this remains the case. Unjustified restrictions to the supply of temporary agency workers should be removed.”