The purpose of the consultation process, was to consider a number of "essential principles for well-functioning and fair labour markets and welfare systems". In its response, Ibec has highlighted that the Social Pillar may benefit from a broader approach which recognises not only social objectives but also the importance of employment and growth. Ibec questioned why the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Treaty of the European Union did not achieve what the Social Pillar sets out to do and suggested a re-examination of these as a starting point if areas are found wanting. Additionally the consultation fails to reference the 70 plus directives that are already adopted by the EU or ratified by members states which afford protections and rights to workers in key areas such as terms and conditions of employment, disability, health and safety, social dialogue, gender equality and equal treatment. Ibec respectfully submits that these mechanisms should continue to be utilised rather than the introduction of a wholly new instrument.
Today the EU has a robust and extensive social acquis which includes a breadth of legislation that recognises fundamental social rights, protects workers and addresses the basic standards to which all employers must comply. Rather than considering new legislation or regulation in this regard it would be important to consider what is already in place and whether it is fit for purpose and implemented in a manner which supports a recovering/post recession EU.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016