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Social Dialogue

in the Hospital/Health Care Sector

On 20 of September 2006, after six years of preparation, EPSU (the European Federation of Public Service Unions) and HOSPEEM (the European Hospital and Healthcare employers’ association) launched the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC HS). [For EPSU affiliates: For more information on this preparation phase 2000-2006 you can read an article uploaded to the member’s section (pass-word protected), see article at the bottom of the page].

The Committee has adopted in its first years (2006-2008) a joint declaration on health services and a Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-border Recruitment and Retention (for follow-up activities see the implementation and evaluation report of September 2012).

A first joint project to build up capacities of the sectoral social partners and to strengthen the structures of social dialogue in the new EU-Member States was run and sucessfully concluded.

On 23 June 2008 the Committee adopted their second Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2008-2010 centred on 5 main themes:
- Recruitment and retention
- Strengthening Social Dialogue Structures
- The ageing workforce
- Tackling third-party violence and harassment
- New skill needs

In July 2009 the Framework Agreement on the Prevention of Sharps Injuries that later became Directive 2010/32/EU was endorsed. In December 2010 EPSU and HOSPEEM signed a Framework of Actions "Recruitment and Retention".

Within this framework both the project "Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the Baltic States (2010/2011) - run by HOSPEEM and supported by EPSU - and a project to promote the "Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work", involving three EU-level trade union federations and 5 EU-level employers associations were started.

The third Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2011-2013 was adopted on 1 July 2011. By 12 December 2013 nearly all planned activities have been tackled and finalised, except for the two topics "Well-being of workforce" and "Diversity of workforce".

In this framework the project "Prevention of sharps injuries & Promoting the Implementation of Directive 2010/32/EU" (2012/2013) was jointly run and finalised by EPSU and HOSPEEM.

We expect the adoption of the forth Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2014-2016 for early March 2014.


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Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospital Sector, Working Group

6 March 2014, Brussels Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector Working Group 1/2014 Centre Borschette, 36 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels Participation form and practical details: Participation Form Participation Form List of hotels in Brussels Hotels List Directions to Borschette Center Information on reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses related to meetings of the SSDC HS - in EN, FR and DE Rules for Reimbursement EN (...)

Main activities and outcomes of Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Hospital Sector 2013

Joint HOSPEEM-EPSU Statement on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework

Brussels, 11 December 2013/12 February 2014 EPSU and HOSPEEM agreed on a joint statement on the future EU Policy framework/strategy on occupational safety and health for the years 2014-2020. The document was elaborated in summer/automn 2013 and should add to the contributions EPSU and HOSPEEM had sent in August 2013 in the context of the EC consultation. With this joint statement the EU sectoral social partners for the hospital/health care sector wish to send a clear political signal to (...)

EPSU-HOSPEEM Guidelines & Good Practice Examples "Ageing Workforce Healthcare Sector" Signed

(Brussels, 11 December 2013) On 11 December 2013, at the Plenary Meeting 2013 of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector, Tjitte Alkema, Secretary General of HOSPEEM, and Liza di Paolo Sandberg, Chairperson of EPSU’s Standing Committee “Health and Social Services”, signed the "Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM guidelines and examples of good practice to address the challenges of an ageing workforce in the healthcare sector". The aim of the document is to provide guidance to support (...)

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospital Sector, Plenary

Addressing the Challenges of an Ageing Workforce in Health and Social Care: Social Partner Documents & Research

EPSU-HOSPEEM Guidelines & Good Practice Examples "Ageing Workforce Healthcare Sector"

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospital Sector, Working Group

23 October 2013, Brussels Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector - Working Group 3/2013 Centre Borschette, 36 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels Participation form and practical details: Participation Form Participation Form List of hotels in Brussels Hotels List Directions to Borschette Center Information on reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses related to meetings of the SSDC HS - in EN, FR and DE EC reimbursement procedure - (...)

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospital Sector, Working Group

25 June 2013, Brussels Invitation, participation form, practical details: meeting documents (for our members only)

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Hospital Sector, Working Group

20 March 2013, Brussels Invitation, participation form, practical details: meeting documents (for our members only)

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