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Calls for Reform of Written Statement Directive

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for significant reforms of the 1991 Written Statement Directive, which it says are necessary to reflect modern day working life.

The Directive requires employers to give employees written details on the employment relationship. At the moment, it simply requires employers to provide information on the terms and conditions of employment. The ETUC is calling for the Directive to include fair terms and conditions of employment enforceable for the workers.

The ETUC has made a number of recommendations on how this can be achieved including:

  • Covering as many workers as possible, for example the growing number of self-employed and gig economy workers;
  • Providing information before the start of the employment relationship;
  • Extending the information requirements, such as on payment and working time;
  • Providing a right to adequate remuneration and guaranteed hours (putting an end to zero-hour type contracts);
  • Ensure online platforms do not avoid or evade their responsibilities as employers.

The ETUC is calling on the European Commission to come up with a legislative proposal on the matter as it says it is not convinced that the conditions are currently right for a formal negotiation with employers on this issue.

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