OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF FIOM-CGIL
National Secretary of FIOM calls for stopping the EU’s new Directives
on Working Time and “Bolkenstein Directive”
Directives of the European Union presently under discussion, can cause
enormous damages to workers rights and to collective bargaining systems.
The revision of the Directive on Working Time further worsens the rules
which have already enlarged work time flexibility. Flexibility would be
extended up to 48 weekly hours throughout the whole year. Individual
output would allow weekly work time up to 65 hours. The conditions of
on-call workers and of all those workers without a definite working time
would be further worsened. The new Directive on Work Time is therefore
unacceptable, it destroys national agreements and opens the way for
completely arbitrary treatment of weekly working times, for their total
individualization. This Directive therefore has to be completely
rejected and FIOM calls on action all political parties in order to
avoid the questioning of fundamental workers’ rights.
the National Secretariat of the FIOM supports the campaign against the
EU’s “BOLKENSTEIN DIRECTIVE”. This Directive, approved by the
European Commission on January 13th, last, will be discussed
from November 11th by the EU parliament and the related
procedures are likely to be closed within spring 2005.
gravity of the Directive lies in the fact that it undermines the
principles of solidarity and equality, the extension of social and labor
rights, which should be the basis of the EU and which are essential in
many constitutions, including the one of the Italian republic. The
Directive asserts the principle of the most savage competition in the
field of services, economical activities and work contracts in the name
of the extension of free market and free competition.
are many unacceptable points in the Directive, but the worst lies in
article 16. concerning the principle of the countries of origin.
According to this new principle, a supplier of services is subject
exclusively to the laws of the country where the headquarters of the
companies are located and not to the ones of the country where the
service is being provided. An enterprise can engage workers and then transfer them to
another state, maintaining the laws, contracts, security and control
rules of the country of origin. It becomes thus possible to establish a
huge, perfectly legalized system on European level, based on the
irregular recruiting and broking of manpower, wherein workers are
engaged in countries with lower wages and less rights and then
transferred to work in countries with better work conditions, without
any change in their working and social conditions.
is clear that this undermines collective agreements, law and security
rules, creating a process of savage competition between companies and
among workers, leading to a process which dismantles European social
holds necessary to cancel this Directive and calls on an action plan
tradeunions, social movements (the European Social Forum in London
already having declared its support in this regard) and political
parties, in order to prevent an issue of similar importance from being
discussed only on institutional levels, keeping major parts of public
opinion on the dark about it.
commits all his organization to participating in the action campaign for
knowing and stopping the DIRECTIVE ON WORK TIME and the “BOLKENSTEIN
DIRECTIVE” and for
reaffirming those principles of social solidarity and equality of rights
which have to be the basis of the European Community.
October 27, 2004