Collective Agreements Ec

The European Commission is launching a process to ensure that EU competition rules do not hinder collective bargaining for those who need it. The initiative aims to ensure that collective agreements can improve working conditions not only for workers, but also for vulnerable self-employed workers. Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President in charge of competition policy, said: „The Commission is committed to improving the working conditions of platform workers during this mandate. That is why today we are launching a process to ensure that those who need it can participate in collective bargaining without fear of breaching EU competition rules. As has already been pointed out on previous occasions, competition rules are not made to prevent workers from forming a trade union, but in today`s labour market, the concepts of „workers” and „self-employed” have been blurred. As a result, many people have no choice but to accept a self-employed contract. The work also requires the planning and management of the budget of a unit/division, the definition of resource requirements for research/policy studies and the exercise of a wide margin of manoeuvre in the redistribution of resources intended to achieve the objectives and priorities of the programme within the parameters of the general policy objectives; implementing risk assessments of options for new proposals and emerging business plans, putting in place recommendations on the most cost-effective way to act; Protection of information, databases and documentation to prevent accidental disclosure of information.. . . . .

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