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".
The trade unions and employers in social services took another step towards setting up a European social dialogue in the sector. EPSU met with the Federation of Social Employers in the final conference of the PESSIS+ project on 27 June 2019 in Brussels.
Drawing from Suus - livecartoons.nl, recorded 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
EPSU advocates for sustainable investments in the occupational safety and health of public service workers
EPSU speaks at an EESC hearing on OSH and advocates for and highlights the benefits of sustainable investments in the occupational safety and health of public service workers.
Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, DG EMPL, delivering her speech in the opening session of the 2019 Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth [Photo © European Commission 2019, https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1226&eventsId=1394&..., Flickr section]
Public investment in the social services workforce to deliver inclusive growth - EPSU at the 2019 Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth
EPSU speaks at the 2019 Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth Public and advocates for social dialogue in the field of social services and public investment in the social services workforce in order to deliver inclusive growth.
This article summarises the main topics addressed at the meeting as well as the major decisions taken at the 50th edition of the EPSU Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" (SC HSS) on 27 February.
Social care workers call on strengthening the workforce perspective in the transition from institutional to community-based care
This article summarises the main topics addressed at the meeting of the EPSU Working Group Social Services on 26 February, with one focus on the transition from institutional care to community-based care and how to make this transition also work for the social care and health workforce.
On 28 March 2019 EPSU participated, together with its representatives of the two national affiliates from Romania, Sanitas, and Croatia, HSSMS-MT, in the kick-off meeting of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU project focusing on strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector that will run in 2019 and 2020.
On 7 March 2019 EPSU participated in a roundtable of more than 40 participants in the European Parliament on the prevention of exposure to hazardous drugs in the healthcare sector in Europe.
On 3 December 2018 HOSPEEM and EPSU organised the social partners’ dissemination workshop focusing on the outcomes of two projects on health and safety and continuing professional developement.