Health and Social Services, Social Services
Health and Social Services (HSS) is a large and diverse sector that encompasses a wide range of services including hospitals, child care, community health services, social work and care homes for older and disabled people. EPSU represents health and social services workers across Europe, including nurses, health care assistants, midwives, doctors, elderly and child care workers, social workers, laboratory staff, hospital cleaners and medical secretaries. We organise in public, non-for-profit and private services.
EPSU is the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in the hospital and health care sector throughout the European Union.
Adam Rogalewski is the EPSU Policy Officer for the sector. The President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Health and Social Services is Kirsi Sillanpää of TEHY (Finland) and the Vice-Presidents are Dietmar Erdmeier of Ver.di (Germany), and Razvan Gae of Sanitas (Romania). You can also get their contact details here.
Eurofound's Industrial Relations Landscape Report reinforces request for EU social dialogue in social services
(Press Release) Last week, Eurofound published its Industrial Relations Landscape Report, which compiles the information from the previous representativeness studies in the public services sectors.
The conference focused on ensuring a quality of long-term care in Europe and was attended by representatives of the EU Commission (DG Employment), Eurofound, the European Institute for Gender Equality, Eurocarers.
EPSU demands action from EU Health Ministers to improve working conditions and safe staffing for care and health workers
On the occasion of the Council of Ministers for Health on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, EPSU demands that Ministers stand up for the right to health and care, remembering that the resilience of health and care systems means investment and funding.
EPSU representatives participated at the conference "Employment challenges and opportunities in the social care sector: the case of long-term care" organized by Eurodiaconia in cooperation with Social Services Europe.
This week, the European Parliament published a report on the formal and informal long-term care workforce in the EU. Much of the information in the report confirms findings from an EPSU report published for the Global Day of Action for Care Workers.
A new report published today by EPSU (European Federation of Public Service Unions) shows that, as the pandemic was at its peak, hundreds of thousands of care workers were abandoning the sector of long-term residential care.