Poland’s Labour Minister Elżbieta Rafalska and her French counterpart Muriel Penicaud met in Paris last week to try to hammer out a compromise on the status of posted workers in the European Union.
The European Commission has proposed changes – to require that workers from different European Union countries are paid at the rate of the country they are in. French President Emmanuel Macron has enthusiastically backed the changes.
However, as reported by Radio Poland, Warsaw and some of its Central and Eastern European partners oppose the proposed changes. Polish hauliers, for instance, argue the new rules would make them less competitive.
During the negotiations, Rafalska proposed five-year transition period and to exclude the transport sector from the changes. The minister also said a quarter of the 2m posted workers in the EU are Poles, employed mainly in construction, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Rafalska invited Penicaud to Poland for further talks.