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Draft Directives on Seasonal Workers and Intra Corporate Transfer legalize unequal treatment
Equal treatment for all workers is the cornerstone of a just and sustainable labour market, it guarantees social justice, fair competition and a decent income to all. Yet, at this moment the European Commission are proposing two directives regarding the admission of third-country nationals to the EU – Seasonal workers and workers in Intra Corporate Transfer – that would create a two-tier labour market in Europe, one part of it for workers with full rights, with social protection and working on “normal” wages, and one part for workers with restricted rights and limited protection, working on minimum conditions.

The EFBWW, together with the ETUC and all other European Trade Union Federations, will never accept that vulnerable workers coming from outside of the EU are discriminated against and treated as “guest workers” Our demand is simple and clear “All workers – regardless of their origin and employment situation – should be entitled to equal treatment, to “equal pay for equal work in the same territory”. This is a fundamental right for all and is not negotiable.

The EFBWW is strongly opposed to the rights of third-country workers being dealt with in separate instruments, whether as seasonal, posted or transferred workers. By doing so, the EU creates second-rank workers with restricted rights. The two proposed Directives on seasonal workers and Intra-Corporate Transfers clearly aim to discriminate against foreign workers by denying them the same set of rights as domestic workers in the EU are entitled to. This is completely unacceptable!

The European Parliament and Council must lay down, once and for all, that all workers are entitled to equal rights. The fundamental principle of equal treatment for third-country nationals must be guaranteed in a horizontal Directive, which is applicable to all third-country workers. By not doing so, the European legislators are not only discriminating against third-country nationals, but are also violating the basic principles of the European labour market, and thereby damaging the functioning of the Internal Market.

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