International workshop “Protect Our Workers – PoW: Facilitating transnational
administrative cooperation and improve access to information and counselling of posted
workers”, Belgrade, 5/6 March, 2019
In Europe there are 2.5 million posted workers and the number keeps on increasing. They
are unqualified, but also specialized and highly professional people. Such a way of working
guarantees temporary work in countries where workers are being posted to, where the demand
for work is growing, but it can also represent a main form of dumping in the area of wages,
unloyal competition among companies, violation of norms related to contributions and taxes, as
well as precarious working conditions, where there is no protection. Recent amendment to the
Directive covering this area (957/18), even though it is not sufficient to solve all open issues,
introduces the principle „equal pay for equal work“ and represents a starting point for positive
activities of companies and trade unions.
In order for EU posting to achieve a ’’triple win’’ (bringing benefits to host Member
States, Member States, and candidate countries of origin, as well as the posted workers
themselves), posted workers, trade unions and institutions that deal with these issues need to be
Partner organisations in the project POW- trade unions OPZZ (Poland), Cartel Alfa
(Romania), ZSSS (Slovenia), GWU (Malta), CGIL (Italia), LPSK (Lithuania), CATUS (Serbia),
as well as the representatives from ASITECO (Spain) propose the following:
It is proposed to develop examples of good practice in the area of international
cooperation through joint work on contact – interregional points, where they do exist, according
to the model of interregional trade union councils (IRTUC).
It is necessary that they promote good practices of transnational cooperation and social
dialogue at the national and European level.
It would also be useful to initiate media campaigns through bilateral press conferences
where organisations from countries posting workers and from countries benefiting from the work
of posted workers would take part in.
Trade union organisations insist on strengthening the cooperation between inspections
controlling the situation in the countries where this problem exists, not only in the exchange of
information, but also through the activities of determining violation of regulations.
The participants recommend: more media coverage, a better informed public and sharing
via social media, a launch of campaign through press conferences and the promotion of good
bilateral practices, as well as the role of trade unions in the protection of the workers’ interests.