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East .v. West: Future of EU 'posted workers' stirs debate

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By Euronews
East .v. West: Future of EU 'posted workers' stirs debate

<p>Germany and France want controversial EU reforms over the future of posted workers to go further and deeper. </p> <p>The planned changes, opposed by Eastern Europe, aim to bring a level playing field. </p> <p>Posted workers, sent by their employers to work in another EU country temporarily, get the same pay as at home – they also continue to pay social security there. </p> <p>The pay can be less than the country where they are working on a temporary basis. </p> <p>The current system stands accused of creating so-called “social dumping.”</p> <p>“Last week I had the opportunity for a close exchange with my French colleague and we shall take the same position, namely that there needs to be further improvement,” said Andrea Nahles, German Employment Minister. </p> <p>“There has been progress, but we still have things to do before we can conclude this.”</p> <p>France supports job postings being limited to a year and applied to the road transport industry. </p> <p>“I think transport should not be included in this posting directive. It is making it even more complicated,” said Jan Richter, Slovakia’s Employment Minister. </p> <p>“If it was treated through another directive, I think we could reach a compromise much earlier.”</p> <p>Posted workers are often used in construction, slaughterhouses and agricultural work.</p> <p>For now, as the debate over the delicate reforms rumbles on, their future pay and conditions continue to hang in the balance.</p>