Citizens rights to care go hand in-hand with employment rights for care workers

Penny Clarke, EPSU Deputy General Secretary, at EESC hearing on the rights of live-in carers, April 2016

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 presentations and pictures of the hearing  see  EN & FR and for the link to its audio recording see

For the EPSU briefing to the hearing see document attached below.

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