ETUC support for Kanev Report on labour mobility ahead of EMPL vote on 17 March

Brussels, 16 March 2021

  • To the Members of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)

Honourable Members of the EMPL Committee,

On behalf of the European Trade Union Confederation, I wish to express our support ahead of tomorrow’s vote in the EMPL Committee on the Kanev Report on Impacts of EU rules on the free movements of workers and services: intra-EU labour mobility as a tool to match labour market needs and skills (2020/2007(INI)).

The lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic underline the importance of free, fair and safe mobility and a recovery where mobile workers are not left behind.

In particular, we wish to express our support for the following Compromises and Amendments:

  • CAs 5a, 6a, 7a, 21, 21a, 23a, 30a
  • AMs 150, 151, 164, 189, 193, 194, 252, 299, 303

Many of these amendments touch upon crucial issues such as the protection of workers, including the need to address artificial arrangements and abusive practices linked to subcontracting, temporary agency work and letterbox companies. These are all important elements for ensuring a level playing-field in the internal market while safeguarding the respect for fundamental social rights and national labour market models.

We wish to thank the Rapporteur and the Shadows for their hard work on this Report, and count on your support in tomorrow’s vote.

Yours sincerely,

Per Hilmersson
Deputy General Secretary