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:
At its meeting of 22 September 2016 in Brussels, EPSU’s Standing Committee “Health and Social Services” adopted the Resolution “Free trade agreements: Health care and social services are not for trading!”
EPSU calls for quality jobs and safe and effective staffing levels in care services at European Parliament event
(12 July 2016) EPSU contributed to a seminar organised in the European Parliament (EP) on 28 June 2016 by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) on
European Action Day Against the Commercialisation, Marketisation and Privatisation of Health Care: Survey for EPSU Affiliates and Webpage
Survey to EPSU affiliates on the developments and instruments linked to the marketisation, commercialisation and privatisation of health care N.B.: This is work in progress.
(7 April 2016) Political leaders must halt the rising tide of commercialisation of healthcare services that is destroying quality of care and putting increased pressure on working conditions and the s