UNI Europa cautiously welcomes the proposal for a European Labour Authority (ELA) as a further means to ensure that EU employment and social legislation is respected and that workers are not exploited.
A European Labour Authority could play a key role in monitoring the implementation of and helping better enforce EU legislation, including signalling irregularities and cases of non-compliance. It could support national authorities and help them to improve national implementation of EU law.
Although a clear role for social partners must be ensured, the Authority must under no circumstance be used to interfere with social partner autonomy nor undermine national systems. It should contribute to and complement the tasks of national authorities and other competent bodies, but it should not replace them. Collective bargaining and collective agreements must always be respected.
Read UNI Europa’s response to the public consultation here.