EPSU Joins the Care4Care Debate

care4care seminar

(21/09/2022) EPSU attended the Care4Care seminar to discuss the new EU care strategy. The seminar was organised as part of the Care4Care campaign by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Fredrich Ebert Stiftung. The speakers talked about the future of child care and long-term care in the EU. EPSU reacted to the EU care strategy in a press release on 7 September 2022.

EPSU welcomes the new EU care strategy. However, EPSU reiterates that care is a right not a commodity. Importantly, care must be both affordable and accessible to everyone. Currently, many EU citizens struggle to get access to high quality child care and long-term care. Furthermore, care workers, most of which are women, endure long hours and low pay. EPSU emphasizes the importance of well-qualified staff to provide quality care. Workers demand collective bargaining agreements to protect worker’s rights and guarantee decent conditions and pay. The recommendation on long-term care is a starting point. Further, the EU must review how EU directives on safety and health are being implemented at a national level in the care sector and give recommendations. There needs to be more research on the regional disparities leading to change so all can enjoy high quality care.