Following the presentation of the European Commission proposal for a “Directive for more transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU” revising the Written Statement Directive, CEEP General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti commented:

“The European Commission proposal confirms what CEEP has been stating over the past few months: the written statement directive touches upon the core business and daily operation of employers and workers; the proposed revision should therefore be a task for social partners, who are the best placed to find solutions with and for their members.

It is our ‘raison d’être’ to solve issues occurring at the workplace. Therefore, we are very disappointed that the European Commission had no choice but to move forward with its own proposal.

With a clear mandate from its whole membership firmly supporting social partners’ negotiations, CEEP and public services’ employers were open to negotiate with trade unions on all aspects of the second stage consultation.

Now that the proposal is on the table, our main lobby activity will consist in pushing Member States to empower national and local social partners to find the solutions we were not able to find at European level.”

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