EPSU’s main message to the a hearing organized on 25 April 2016 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the right of live-in carers was that a universal citizen rights based approach to care is needed if citizens are to have access to good care providing decent employment conditions for workers. The hearing addressed exploitative conditions experienced by live-in carers and the difficulties faced by labour inspectorates and trade unions in tackling abuses and regulating employment conditions. Many interventions at the hearing underscored the need for sustainable investment in care and other social services, greater valueing of care work, and the extension and enforcement of national collective agreements and labour law. EPSU and other speakers also pointed to address EU austerity measures and cuts in public funding and for actions to implement the many EU frameworks that could support Member States develop quality care for all.
For the EPSU briefing to the hearing see document attached below.