Call for Action: EU Directive on Seasonal Migrant Workers
The European Commission presented on July 14th, 2010, a proposal for a directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third country nationals for the purpose of seasonal employment (COM (2010) 379) (the so-called “seasonal migrant workers’ directive”). PICUM, together with a coalition of NGOs adopted a joint statement on 20 April 2011, on the EU Commissions’ proposal, in which they expressed concerns over the exclusion of certain categories of workers, including seasonal workers, from the scope of the framework directive on third country workers (the so-called “single permit directive” ), resulting in differential treatment between workers.
Since the “single permit directive” has already passed the vote in the European Parliament and it has become clear that the scope of the single permit directive will not be extended to include seasonal workers, efforts to improve and amend the proposed directive on seasonal migrant workers by increasing the level of protection and access to rights are of key importance.
PICUM, together with the NGO coalition were pleased to observe that our concerns and recommendations have been largely taken into account in the draft report of the Rapporteur of the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)1, and the draft opinion of the Rapporteur for the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)2 on the seasonal migrant workers’ directive.We thus consider that the proposal for a directive on seasonal migrant workers, amended as proposed by the draft European Parliament report and opinion, would offer a significant opportunity to regulate and protect the fundamental rights of seasonal workers.
We thus call upon:
• the members of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to support the draft report, and the members of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) to support the draft opinion, both referred to above, or, where deemed necessary, to only amend them in a way that would strengthen effective enforcement of equal treatment, non-discrimination and decent working and housing conditions;
• the members of the European Parliament to actively support the values and principles listed here above;
• trade unions, organisations, public services and citizens to contact their respective national governments and/or Members of the European Parliament to express their support for the above-mentioned draft report and draft opinion.