On 11th July, 2017 EPP MEPs: Danuta Jazłowiecka and Sven Schulze organized a seminar on posting of workers in the care sector. On the part of LMI Board Members were present with the president of LMI Stefan Schwarz as one of the speakers.
„Recently, due to the ageing population of the European Union, the significance of care secotr is constantly increasing. In 2016, 22.3 milion of people needed healthcare at home – it is 10 milion more than in 2007. That’s why we follow with fear proposed changes of the revision of the Posting Directive in the care sector. Moreover, we try to prevent them, in order to avoid restrictions of care sector.”
– emphasised D. Jazłowiecka MEP of the EPP
Seminar has been organized in cooperation with german partners. It is estimated that in 2030 approx. 3,4 mln and in 2060 approx. 4,7 mln of German peopole will need healthcare. This needs cannot be met by local workers and Germans are aware of it.
Magdalena Chochowska (SAO) in her speech has outlined forecast of increasing a demand for homecare at the German market. Till 2030 amount of German households which will be in need to provide care for the eldest members of their families will increase from current 2,3 to 3,5 mln. Christian Bohl (BHSB) indicated that nowdays only 10% of the carers for elderly people work legally. 80% members of this group are posted workers. This is the most often form of the legal employment. Prof. Arne Petermann (VHBP) presented results of his research (we encourage to have a look at VHBP statement on the propsed revision). One of the benefits of posting is providing live – in care for elderly people. However, posting brings advantages not only for the person under care. Members of their families may actively participate in the labour market. What is more, posting of workers allows hiring people, who are at the age which is difficult to find a job. Average carer is 51 years old and works approx. 45 hours a week. Surveys show that carers are satisfied above-average with their conditions of employment. Only half of the respondents is satisfied in the category “pensions”, however it does not differ from responds in other industries.
When it comes to work time, working conditions, independence and treatment of workers, over 70% of respondents is satisfied – that is more than in other industries.
Stefan Schwarz, president of LMI, presented posting of workes as the most regulated form of employment, emphasising how easily escape this regulation, while being self employed (with no minimum wage, no worktime, lack of notification etc.). The biggest controversy was statement that domiciliary health care is not only cheaper but also more human than institutional one.
Overall conclusion for experts’ presentations is that the revision of Posting Directive does not take into consideration specific needs and features of homecare sector. It looks like the seminar opened parliments eyes on possible consequences, for this barely studied sector, by european administration.
Voting on the report in the EMPL Committee is scheduled on 26 September.
Live broadcast was made by office of MEP D. Jazłowiecka.
Dispute concerning posting of workers divides Europe. EU promotes regulations which may be very dangerous for Polish labor market. Subsequent countries impose regulations, mostly incompatible with European Union law. It is estimated that only 0,4% of job positions in EU are taken by posted workers. In this field Poland is the leader, posting 1 on 5 posted workers to the EU. In 2016 it was approx. half million of people. As we pointed out as a consequence of the amendments in Europe thousands of Polish service companies will face troubles. 400 to 900 thousands of Polish specialists may loose their job. What can Poland do to avoid it? Indicate and clearly underline threats for our country and for the region. So far, it doesn’t bring any measurable impact. On 11 May members of the Visegrad Group have expressed their objection. Prime Ministers of four countries, including Poland, underlined necessity of freedom protection to provide services set out in Treaties. They are against protectionism violating general principles of internal market.
Labour Mobility Initiative
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