Poland and Hungary take EU to court over labor reforms
Poland and H ungary have complained to the European Court of Justice about an EU directive which tightens up labor laws for low-salaried workers sent to richer countries in the bloc, according to Reuters.
The new amendments, which came into force in July, are intended to avoid âsocial dumpingâ where foreign employers sending workers abroad are accused of undermining the rights of local workers.
The reforms give more rights to so-called âposted workers,â forcing their employers at home to match the minimum wage in the country where they are temporarily based.
The Hungarian government criticized the reforms as âa tool for protectionismâ in a statement on Thursday, while the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski stressed their âprotectionist character,â according to local radio.
France is leading the push to reform EU labor laws but Hungary and Poland fear the new rules will disadvantage their own economies.
The reforms must be incor porated into member countriesâ national legislation by the end of July 2020.
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