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Sep 11, 2017

PM Orbán meets with head of ETUC to discuss the enforcement of social rights in Europe and the directive on posted workers

The prime minister said that the Visegrád Group has taken a stand against the European Commission’s proposed revision of rules on posted workers and rejected charges of “social dumping”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with Luca Visentini, head of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), to discuss the enforcement of social rights in Europe and the directive on posted workers.

According to the Prime Minister's press office, PM Orbán informed Visentini of the Visegrád Group’s initiatives on posted workers — workers sent by an employer to carry out a service in another member state on a temporary basis.

The prime minister said that the Visegrád Group has taken a stand against the European Commission’s proposed revision of rules on posted workers and rejected charges of “social dumping”.

According to MTI, wage differences in eastern and western Europe were also discussed at the talks, which were also attended by Mihály Varga, minister for National Economy.

After his meeting with the prime minister, Visentini said the ETUC and the Hungarian government would continue their talks on the EU’s pillar for social rights and the directive on posted workers.

Visentini said PM Orbán had told him Hungary’s support for the pillar for social rights would be conditional on the EU taking into consideration the Visegrád Group’s joint position on the pillar and that its 20 basic principles do not undermine social progress that has already been made in any of the member states.

MTI states that Visentini called on EU member states to support the pillar at a summit of EU social affairs ministers in Brussels in October and an EU social summit scheduled for November in Gothenburg.