Labour mobility is essential for the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based (MET) industries. In a globalised world cross-border supply and value chains have become the standard.

Barrier-free movement of workers in the Single Market

Operating cross-border brings important advantages for businesses and workers. Companies become more competitive and workers can go beyond their country of origin and use another range of their (soft) skills. Labour mobility, free movement, fosters growth of industry and society.

Diverse character of challenges

To achieve free movement of workers, labour mobility, appropriate policies and frameworks need to be in place at European and national level.

Abuse that exists must be tackled but only in the areas where things go wrong. Ceemet is an advocate of the principle “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and to address loopholes where they exist.

  1. Posting of Workers

    A ‘posted worker’ is an employee sent by his or her employer to carry out a service in another EU Member State on a temporary basis. In order for workers to provide services in different Member States, it is of vital importance to have free and frictionless labour mobility and thus have clear and workable legislation in place.

    The Posting of Workers Directive was subject of a revision before its Enforcement Directive was supposed to be transposed. It is an example of a politically driven dossier that aimed to solve an issue in certain sectors, ending up in turning the entire industry upside down by imposing an immense bureaucratic burden on companies.

    Finally the Directive was supposed to be transposed into national law and applied as of 30 July 2020. In the midst of the Corona crisis, the Directive was not fully transposed into national law by all Member States.
  2. Social Security Coordination

    The EU provides common rules to protect workers’ social security rights when moving within Europe. The Revision of the Social Security Coordination aims at updating and modernising the existing rules and has the overall objective to facilitate labour mobility. This while ensuring fairness for those who move, and for taxpayers.

    In its current form, and after being blocked for three years in Trilogue negotiations, the text risks to be extremely burdensome for companies as it obliges companies to notify each and every short assignment abroad.
  3. European Labour Authority (ELA)

    The ELA was set up to ensure that EU rules on labour mobility and social security coordination are enforced in a fair and effective way and makes it easier for citizens and businesses to reap the benefits of the internal market.

    Ceemet relies on the ELA to support Member States in providing accurate, comprehensible and easily accessible information for employers and workers.

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