"Let's ensure the proper application of EU legislation on seasonal and frontier workers."
During the plenary session of the European Parliament last week, French MEP Sylvie Brunet took the floor in the debate on the protection of seasonal and frontier workers in the EU in the context of COVID-19.
On this occasion, she wanted to highlight the lack of coordination between Member States in the closure of internal borders, which may have reinforced the lack of manpower in key economic sectors, such as agriculture. The MEP who is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs also insisted on the need to ensure adequate health and safety conditions for these workers and to ensure that they have effective access to social protection.
According to Sylvie Brunet: "The crisis has revealed the existence of abuses and breaches of European legislation and each Member State is responsible for implementing it";
"It is", she said, "vital to ensure its proper application, in particular the principle of equal treatment of workers and the principle of equal pay for equal work in the same place. To this end, the continued involvement of the European Labour Authority, strengthened labour inspectorates and a rapid and adequate transposition of the revised Posted Workers Directive must play a major role".