EU guidelines on restructuring let down millions of workers: ETUC

EU guidelines on restructuring let down millions of workers: ETUC

The FINANCIAL -- European Commission plans aimed at curbing the impact of company restructuring on workers are not sufficient, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has said, according to EUbusiness Ltd.


The European Commission on 13 December issued its proposals for best practices for reducing the social impact of restructuring, which offers guidelines for stakeholder on how best to minimise the effect of restructuring.
However, the ETUC says that the time for inactivity is over. Reacting to today's announcement, the ETUC says "we have had enough evaluations of best practices – it's time for political action".
The European trade union movement is demanding five key elements to be considered by the commission on the management of restructuring:

Preparing and enabling workers: key role of education and training
Maintaining and creating jobs: key role of industrial policy
Giving workers a voice and place in strategic decisions: key role for information, consultation and participation
Ensuring a European legal framework: key role of collective bargaining
Providing a safety net: key role for active labour market policies, social protection and support measures

"These were the demands put forward in 2012 that have still not been acted upon. However, the commission continues to ignore these demands. Instead, it proposes a 'quality framework', which is no more than general guidelines; in other words: wishful thinking to establish best practices and announces to monitor the application of this framework," says ETUC Confederal Secretary, Claudia Menne.
The ETUC is sceptical about the practical effects of the guidelines, and reiterates its call for legal action. This quality framework can only strengthen the workers of Europe, who experience restructurings, not as an exception, but as part of their daily life.