It has been conceded by the French Government that closed door tours from the UK (and other countries) with non-French customers should be considered as transit operations. They should therefore be exempt from the need to match French wages and conditions. This applies whether the tour goes from England to France and back or visits the country as part of a longer itinerary, including over-night stays. The decision was taken following efforts by CPT’s Director of Policy Development, Steven Salmon.
Steven said, ‘The rules originally proposed by the French Government would have placed considerable financial and administrative burdens on CPT coach operator members running tours and short trips to France. The French Government representatives accepted that there is no French customer for this work so there is no basis under the Posting of Workers Directive for controls on the pay and conditions of workers carrying it out. This concession will be a huge relief and will enable them to maintain their competitiveness and keep tour prices down for passengers.’