Trade unions united against the European Services E-Card

Monday 26 June 2017

UNI Europa is strongly opposed to the services e-card proposed by the European Commission and calls for its rejection.

Last Wednesday , 21 June, workers from across Europe protested the EU proposal on a services e-card in front of the European Parliament. UNI Europa organised the action along with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) to send a clear message to EU policy-makers.

The current proposal for a European services e-card is worrisome. It doesn’t promote a fairer or more social Europe, it opens a backdoor for the ‘country of origin’ principle and poses substantial risks to workers’ rights. Furthermore, it sets out inefficient monitoring tools for service providers, adding red tape.

For several months , the European trade union movement has raised concerns in public hearings in the European Parliament, direct meetings with the European Commission and various institutions and national governments. The European Commission is well aware of trade unions’ concerns, but still presses on with the proposal without addressing them. “

There is something very wrong in Europe when the EU Commission feels it can just ignore the concerns raised by both trade unions and industry – not only from one sector but from three: construction, cleaning and insurance,” stated Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary, at the protest.

UNI Europa, the voice of 7 million services workers throughout Europe, wants a services e-card that benefits workers, not just big business.