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The European Parliament says no to social dumping


The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on social dumping in the European Union, which aims at preventing social dumping and ensuring that workers throughout the EU have better working conditions. This resolution, initiated by French MEP Guillaume Balas, had been widely debated in the European Parliament Employment Committee and had been seen by many as a “test” to the revision of the Posting of workers’ Directive (Euractiv article here)

EFFAT welcomes this resolution. The right for citizens and workers to free movement is a core value of EU citizenship and a fundamental right which should go hand-in-hand with the principle of equal treatment for equal work at the same place. EFFAT supports a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive in order to incorporate this principle in the Directive. 

EFFAT is committed to ensure that existing rules are strengthened and to win high social and labor standards in order to prevent social dumping and stop the downward spiral in wages and working conditions in Europe.

The European Parliament voted last Wednesday with 458 voices for, 199 against and 34 abstentions. In total, 691 MEPs of Parliaments’ 751 members voted. You can find the text of the resolution here.

An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting organized by the European Parliament with national Parliaments on the European Commission’s proposed revision of the positing of workers’ Directive is scheduled next 12 October.


EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.