European Commission work Programme: All market and no social

Commenting on the European Commission’s statement on its  work programme, Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation said “The priority given to jobs and the economy is correct.”

There is not a single proposal to improve worker, consumer or environmental protection. This does not seem the best way to restore public confidence in Europe. It is a business agenda, with no sign of Juncker’s commitment to the social market economy: it is all market and no social.”

Instead of promising to scrap the revision of the maternity leave directive if agreement is not found, the Commission should work to achieve agreement. ”

The ETUC cautiously welcomes the review of the Posting of Workers Directive and the proposals on tax.