MEPs adopt equal pay directive for workers posted temporarily in other member states

The European Parliament adopted a directive, on Tuesday, which sets out to protect the right to equal pay for equal work for employees who are temporarily posted in other EU member states.

The directive, which amends a previous one in place since 1996, was voted with 456 votes in favour, 147 against and 49 abstentions. EU member states now have two years to transpose the directive in their national legislations.

In 2016, 2.3 million people were temporarily posted in other EU member states while the number of employees working temporarily in other EU member states was up between 2010 and 2016 by 69%.

According to the European Parliament data 3,091 Cypriots are working in temporary posts in the other EU member states while 972 European citizens are posted temporarily in Cyprus.

The directive provides that among others all of the host country’s remuneration rules must apply to posted workers, that travel, board and accommodation costs be paid by the employer and not deducted from workers’ salaries.

Employers will also have to ensure that the accommodation conditions for posted workers are decent, and in line with national rules.

Member states should also cooperate to ensure the protection of workers in the event of fraudulent postings.

Source: Cyprus News Agency