Health and Social Services, Social Dialogue
On 20 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). 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of this committee and the sectoral social dialogue for the health care sector at EU-level.
Below you will find more detailed information on the main outcomes and the work programmes of the SSDC HS as well as on the three thematic priorities and the various topics dealt with in the context of the joint work:
- Main Outcomes (for the years 2006 to 2018)
- Work Programmes (for the years 2006 to 2019)
- Health and Safety at the Workplace
- Recruitment & Retention
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Life-long learning (LLL)
For more information on this preparation phase 2000-2006 EPSU affiliates can read the article "Social dialogue in the hospital sector at EU level".
Project consultant Nico Knibbe speaking at the EPSU-HOSPEEM Conference on prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W - "A sound mind in a sound body - Taking care of those who take care of us Vilnius", 23 and 24 May 2018, Vilnius
Social partnership solutions and good practice models to reduce psychosocial risks and burdens in health care
EPSU has supported a transnational project involving EPSU affiliates from six countries to promote social partnership solutions and good practice models to reduce psychosocial risks and burdens in health care.
Trade unionists from all over Europe agree to step up efforts to build networks in health and social care multinationals
On 4 September, more than 40 trade union representatives from 15 European countries met in Brussels to discuss how to coordinate their activities in multinational enterprises in the health and social care sectors.
The Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive – What we need for a global EU strategy against work related cancer
EPSU shares the view of ETUC concerning the different elements needed for a global EU strategy against work related cancer. We want to insist on the need to provide better prevention for more than 12.7 million healthcare workers in Europe.
A joint conference organised by EPSU and HOSPEEM took place in Vilinus on the 23rd and 24th of May with the support of of the Lithuanian EPSU affiliate Lietuvos sveikatos apsaugos darbuotojų profesinė sąjunga (LSADPS).
Hospital social partners - "A sound mind in a sound body - taking care of those who take care of us"
Social Partner’s Conference on Occupational Safety and Health focusing on prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W - A sound mind in a sound body - Taking care of those who take care of us
Employers and trade unions renew commitment to ethical cross-border recruitment and retention policies
The European sectoral social partners for the hospital/health care sector, EPSU and HOSPEEM, renewed their commitment to promote decent recruitment and working conditions for migrant workers, in hospitals and health care facilities.
On 13th March, over 40 trade union representatives from all over Europe took part in EPSU’s Social Services Working Group which met to discuss a number of issues that are key to defend and protect the rights, terms and conditions and dignity of workers in the sector.
On 14 March 2018 nearly 50 colleagues from about 20 countries met in Brussels for the spring 2018 meeting of the Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" (SC HSS).
On 20 December 2017 EPSU submitted a contribution to the second phase social partner consultation on revisions of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC). This was done in close cooperation with the ETUC and the ETUI. EPSU's contribution focuses on measures and regulation needed for a better protection of the workers in the health care sector from exposures to, manipulation or use of cytotoxic drugs. EPSU had two main requests in view of the revision of the directive.