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Economy & Jobs 10-01-2018

European social dialogue still unknown to many workers

More than 30 years after it was launched by Jacques Delors, the European social dialogue is still struggling to reach workers. This is the main finding of a detailed survey published this week by Humanis. EURACTIV France reports

France’s 35-hour week should not be put ‘on pedestal’, says Macron

The 35 hour work week introduced in France by a Socialist government in 2000 gave off a "negative signal" and should not be sacrosanct, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (20 November), breaching a major left-wing taboo.

Working shorter hours ‘protects climate, job market’

Working shorter hours could reduce the burden our lifestyles impose on the environment while offering solutions to the mass unemployment caused by the economic crisis, according to new research.
Transport 17-06-2010

Parliament votes to limit truckers’ working hours

A slim majority of MEPs yesterday (16 June) rejected the European Commission's recommendation that self-employed truckers be exempted from rules governing working time, concluding what had become a lengthy political battle between the forces of left and right.

Parliament calls for EU-wide truckers’ fines

The European Parliament yesterday (18 May) called for EU-wide rules to fine truckers who break existing health and safety regulations. Supporters of the motion claimed it would improve safety on EU roads, while opponents argued that MEPs were trying to interfere with a strictly national issue.

Blame game starts as Working Time talks collapse

After months of seeking a compromise on the Working Time Directive, MEPs and national diplomats failed to agree to cap Europeans' working week at a maximum of 48 hours. The failure prompted a host of finger-pointing as to who was to blame, which could potentially be exploited in the run-up to the European elections.

MEPs slam Commission as Working Time conciliation fails

The European Parliament has openly criticised the inactivity of the EU executive as MEPs and the European Council yesterday failed to resolve long-running disagreements over the Working Time Directive.

Parliament gives Working Time opt-outs the red card

The European Parliament yesterday (17 December) voted to scrap national opt-outs to the Working Time Directive and enforce an EU-wide maximum working week of 48 hours, in open defiance of a group of member states led by the UK.

Business furious after MEPs scrap working time optouts

Employers' organisations heavily criticised a vote which took place in the European Parliament's employment committee yesterday (5 November) to eliminate opt-outs from the agreed 48-hour working week, arguing that such a move was "irresponsible" given the present recession.

MEPs set for clash on working time directive

The European Parliament's employment committee yesterday (20 October) rejected a hard-fought compromise among member states, saying it failed to include any of MEPs' amendments.

East European workers face ‘modern slavery’ in old Europe

Migrant workers from the EU's Eastern member states face systematic discrimination when moving to work in 'old Europe', according to a new report presented on Monday (15 September) at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (CEPS).

France moves to drop 35-hour week

The French Senate yesterday (23 July) approved a law allowing companies to strike individual deals with unions over working time that go beyond the current compulsory cap of 35 hours per week in a bid to boost the country's economic competitiveness.

Socialists vow to sink EU working time deal

The Socialist Group in the European Parliament has pledged to fight an agreement on working time that allows the UK to opt-out from EU rules capping the working week at 48 hours.

Ministers agree on agency workers and working time

The EU's employment ministers last night managed to overcome a year-long stalemate on setting working time caps and strengthening the rights of temporary agency workers, paving the way for the Commission to present a comprehensive social package in the coming weeks.

Ministers seek deal on key EU labour laws

EU employment ministers hope to break a double stalemate on temporary agency workers and the working time directive when they meet in Luxembourg today (9 June), paving the way for the European Commission to present a comprehensive social package in three weeks' time. 
Transport 12-02-2008

Coach drivers defend minimum resting periods

European coach drivers are heading for a clash with their employers over EU rules setting minimum resting periods, which tour operators claim have led to a "dramatic cost increase of up to 30%".

EU ministers bow to Brown over working time, temp work

An agreement on the working time directive and temporary agency work had to be postponed after UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown linked the issue to the EU Treaty and threatened to boycott the signing ceremony in Lisbon next week.
Transport 21-09-2007

Drivers deplore ‘inconsistent’ EU working time laws

New EU legislation aimed at harmonising working time and ensuring minimum rest periods for truck drivers has met with fierce criticism from both trade unions and employers in the road transport sector who say they can lead to "different interpretations" and "unintentional infringements".

Ombudsman urges Commission: ‘Get going on working time’

The European Ombudsman has slammed the Commisison about its sluggish handling of a complaint concerning the Working Time Directive, raising pressure for support from the European Parliament. 

‘Marked differences’ in holiday leave across EU

The number of days' leave offered to workers varies widely between member states – with citizens in some countries enjoying up to three and a half weeks' more time off than others, according to a new study.

Work-life balance ‘does not work for women’

Even in advanced economies, women are bearing the brunt of a lack of work-life balance, a panel at the Employment Week event found.
Transport 24-05-2007

Commission seeks better quality road transport

The Commission wants to adapt rules for haulage and coach services, hoping to minimise time and fuel waste caused by unclear cabotage rules and to stop transport "cowboys", who give the sector a negative image.

Workers prefer ‘nine-to-five’ jobs

Workers are happiest in traditional jobs with fixed working hours and least satisfied when they work long hours or are subject to the kind of so-called flexibility that makes it hard to balance private life and work. 

Working-time deal eludes ministers

Labour ministers broke up their 7 November 2006 summit with an agreement on working time further away than before. As a result, the British opt-out is there to stay and the Commission will begin infringement proceedings against most member states.