The ETF Political Secretary for Maritime Transport, Philippe Alfonso, was invited to speak with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc at a reception to mark the end of the 2017 EU Maritime Year. Asked about the future of the maritime sector, Alfonso urged caution about the prospects for rapid automation of shipping. Truly automatic shipping may be further away than many believe, and we must manage any implementation carefully to ensure safety and avoid damaging consequences for workers.
As stipulated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and reinforced by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee the mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. However, with regard to the posting of workers as a specific type of cross-border labour mobility, there is a need to balance internal market freedoms with measures guaranteeing respect for the rights of workers. Currently, the 1996 rules on the posting of workers are being revised to address unfair practices and promote the principle that the same work at the same place should be remunerated in the same manner.
These slides are for presentational and information purposes only and were presented to the Council Working Party (Article 50) on 16 January 2018. The contents are without prejudice to discussions on the framework of the future relationship.