Investing in health and care creates more jobs and is better for the economy, more so than investing in traditional, bricks-and-mortar infrastructure, confirms a new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) report.
Health and Social Services, Social Services
EPSU is a strong voice for the about 10.5 million social service workers in the EU and in other European countries. Our aims are to protect and improve social services across Europe as well as the employment conditions of workers in the sector. EPSU is actively involved in initiatives exploring the scope and format for social dialogue in social services at EU-level.
There are millions of social service workers across Europe who provide vital care for children, the elderly, the disabled and others with urgent needs – whether at home or in institutions. Their work and contribution to society is undervalued and more often than not poorly rewarded. Women make up the majority of the social services workforce and in many countries migrant workers also make an invaluable contribution to the sector. Gender equality runs through all of EPSU’s work and is central to its activities in social services as is action to defend migrant workers’ rights.
EPSU is making a clear case for more resources for the sector and for better pay and conditions for social service workers, for more and better collective agreements, for proper training and professional development. Supporting quality, affordable and accessible social services is an essential investment that brings both economic and social benefits.
EPSU’s thematic priorities in social services are long-term care for the elderly, including personal care and household services, childcare as well as organising in the sector on which you find more information by clicking on the links below:
Social services like childcare, elderly care and services for people with disabilities, have been one of the biggest job creators since the crisis.
The meeting of the Working Group on Social Services was held on 15 March 2017 in Brussels was attended by 48 participants from 15 countries and from 33 affiliates representing trade unions in health and social services and in local and regional government. The meeting dealt with three main topics.
The 46th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Services was held on 14 March 2017 in Brussels. 50 colleagues from 33 EPSU affiliates from 19 countries. They dealt with a number of topics summarised below.
Solidariteitsboodschap voor de actie van de Belgische vakbonden in de gezondheidszorg en sociale dienstverlening - Message de solidarité pour l'action des syndicats belges de la santé et des services sociaux
This webpage is the "entry door" to the EPSU/PSI Online Platform on Safe and Effective Staffing. From here you can access both the publicly accessible section and the password-protected section reserved for the national affiliates of EPSU and PSI.
EPSU contributed to the conference “Promoting intersectoral and interagency action for health and wellbeing” organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 7 and 8 December 2016 in Paris.
EPSU intervened in the conference “Investing in services for people’s well-being – from good practices to better policies” organised by the Social Platform on 7 December 2016 in Brussels to make the case for public investment in high quality social services for all and decent working conditions in the sector.
EPSU affiliates from the sectors "health and social services" and "local and regional government" have agreed to common guidelines for EPSU members in view of the development of social dialogue at EU-level with relevant and representative employers‘ organisations.
Thousands of workers in the Belgian social / non-profit descend on Brussels 24 November. They demand of the government to continue the agreements that ensured that stress was addressed, older workers could reach the pension age healthy and which offered younger workers a perspective to work in the sector.
Speaking as a panelist at EASPD’s 20th Anniversary Conference, which took place in Brussels on the 20th of October, EPSU’s Secretary General Jan Willem Goudriaan stated that: ‘Public services guaranteeing the general interest are essential to achieve and defend an inclusive society