The need for equality in the labor market both within the border of the country and across its jurisdiction prompted the EU to consider revising the existing labor legislation. The rationale behind it was to ensure that all human resources seeking job opportunities outside their countries are treated similarly with the host’s workforce. Equality in the workforce ranges from remunerations, disciplinary actions, training and vocations, and working days and holidays preference. Therefore, the provision prohibits favoritism or prejudice when dealing with a diversified workforce. The move for France to propose full actualization of the directive is to limit the use of foreign workforce whose increasing number portrays a phenomenon termed “social dumping” rather than ”brain drain” as the majority of the people claim.
The rate of posting foreign workers into France, since 2011, has escalated to145, 000 from 38,000 in 2011. Currently, the insurgence of foreign workers into France is amounting to 210,000 as reported by the French employment ministry (Craig & De Búrca 29). The basis of such complain(s) emanates from the perception that failure to control the foreign labor cost would disorient the employee reward systems established in different countries. This form of interference creates inequalities in the society through a backward trend in labor costs. The backward trend in labor costs implies that citizens of host countries become vulnerable of losing employment opportunities to the cheap foreign labor. The advantage then goes to the firms, which are consuming foreign-posted labor, at the expense of the corporate social responsibility of these independent firms.
The European Union is compelled to create safe, just, and conducive working conditions for each of the posted human resource from the EU membership. France’s concern on this directive is centered to the control of the massive workers in the industry, who are endangered by foreign recruitment. Thus, it escalates further the already skyrocketing unemployment burden. The most uphold professional values, which are central in any developed economy, is trustworthy and honesty. This virtue provides sanity in the labor market through personal accountability on liability that relates to practicing fraud or fraud related incidences (Craig & De Búrca 21). The most crucial aspects of this provision is that it guarantees protection of the posted workers and creates a sense of mutual respect between people from different ethnical or racial origin.
Conversely, the implementation of this directive to the fullest will reduce the diminishing significant of the host laborers in the face of cheaper foreign laborers. This is because unfair competition is eliminated and the opportunities available are mutually divided among the prospective workforces. The EU parliament’s president, martin Schulz, echoed the same sentiments. He alluded that “the narrowing opportunity for cheating will enhance labor ethics and curb exploitation of posted workers in foreign in host countries.” Consequently, the scope of social dumping, which is interfering with the organizational cultures of the host country, will be eliminated or controlled by this directive (Craig & De Búrca 23). This is because the directive will not only benefit France, but the entire European labor market, which makes the work foreign relations smooth.
Craig, Peter & De Búrca, Glien. “EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials” (5th ed). Journal of the European Union. 2011, 4(3): 21-43. Print.