We have reached an important milestone in our #ProcuringDecentWork campaign. Over 100 Members of the European Parliament from 5 different political groups are backing our call and want to only allow public contracts to go to companies that have collective agreements with their workers.
“Public contracts should not go to companies that seek a competitive advantage by suppressing workers’ say and driving poverty wages and sub-standard working conditions. Decent pay and working conditions are in the public interest,” reads their declaration.
This broad support was revealed a day prior to a hearing at the European Parliament on the topic of sustainable public procurement. A number of MEPs relayed key points from our campaign, including this great intervention by Kim van Sparrentak (Greens/EFA, Netherlands).
For further insight, check out our snapshot report entitled Put your money where your mouth is – why and how the EU needs to change its public spending policies to promote a social Europe. For a shorter read, have a look at Reversing the procurement race to the bottom, the opinion piece by Oliver Roethig and Stan de Spiegelaere.