Commission to propose a Directive on working time of inland waterway workers

Inland waterway workers
  • Start date : 07/07/2014 00:00:00
  • End date : 07/07/2014 23:59:59
  • Where : Brussels, Belgium

Employment and social rights, Transport and travel, European Commission, Legislative Action

On 7 July, the Commission will propose a Directive on working time for inland waterway workers.


The proposed Directive would implement an agreement reached by EU-level representatives of employers and employees in this sector, which is adapted to the distinctive working conditions on inland waterways. It would facilitate the application of the maximum working time rules on passenger and cargo transport ships and barges on inland waterways throughout the EU.


These rules would therefore contribute to improving the working conditions of 31,000 shipboard personnel and to fairer competitive conditions for the 9,645 enterprises active in this sector. The proposed Directive would complement the general working time Directive (2003/88/EC), which does not cover inland waterway workers.


The proposal will be forwarded to the EU's Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for adoption.


A press release will be available on the day.