09 June 2020

EPSU/Social Employers WEBINAR - 9 June 2020

EPSU and Social Employers are pleased to announce a joint WEBINAR event:

Safe and healthy workplaces in Social Services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of Social Partners

The Webinar will take place on:  Tuesday, 9th June from 14.00 – 16.00,

Interpretation will be available in EN, FR, DE, IT and ES

If you wish to participate in this event, please use the Registration link.
Further information and how to join the event will be forwarded to registered participants.



Report 3rd Thematic Meeting DialogueS

Event type: 

09 June 2020

On Line
1000 Brussels

EPSU and Social Employers Webinar: COVID-19 and the Role of Social Partners in ensuring Health and Safety in Social Services

(9 June 2020)  As states across Europe gradually ease their confinement measures, many social services are facing new challenges related to the safety and health of workers. Before this background, on Tuesday, June 9th, EPSU and FESE co-organised a webinar with the aim to highlight the key role of social partners to achieve safe and healthy workplaces.

To kick off the meeting, Elke Schneider from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) presented their recommendations for safe work as well as for specific risk assessment tools on the workplace. She stressed the importance of mental health in OSH, which has often not received sufficient attention. EPSU organized a webinar on this topic on May 15.

The second part of the webinar was dedicated to representatives of both employers and trade unions. Social partners have played a central role in promoting safe and healthy workplaces and in improving the preparedness of the sector. The panelists presented their initiatives as well as their involvement in the promotion of safe working practices in the field of social services.

Giancarlo Go from FPCGIL and Jonas Nilsson from Kommunal explained their unions’ work to protect workers during the pandemic. Italian unions negotiated an agreement with the ministry to cover a broad range of OSH matters and set up a committee to further monitor the situation. Swedish unions already in 2018 set in place a general collective agreement for emergency situations, which can be activated in times of need.

See presentations and report here

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