Health and Social Services, Health
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:
(17 July 2009)Preamble:1. Health and safety at work is an issue, which should be important to everyone in the hospital and healthcare sector. Taking action to prevent and protect against unnecessary injuries if properly carried out, will have a positive effect on resources;2. Health and safety of
You can access the main outcomes of the joint work of EPSU and HOSPEEM in the context of the Sectoral Social Dialogue since 2006.You can use the Presentation "Main activities and results 2006-2016" and the Table "Main documents and outcomes 2006-2016". For a better contextualisation please read the
The Committee has adopted in its first three years of activity (2006-2008) a joint declaration on health services and a Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-border Recruitment and Retention (for follow-up activities see the implementation and evaluation report of September 2012). These outcomes had been
Prevention from injuries and infections with medical sharpsJoint EPSU/HOSPEEM project - prevention from sharp injuries, final conferenceJoint EPSU/HOSPEEM project - prevention from sharp injuries, 3rd regional seminarJoint EPSU/HOSPEEM project - prevention from sharp injuries, 2nd regional
1. Promotion of ethical cross-border recruitment and retention EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct Ethical Cross-border Recruitment and Retention2. "Recruitment and Retention"Framework of Actions "Recruitment and Retention" (2010)3. Addressing the challenges of an ageing workforceEPSU-HOSPEEM Guidelines &
Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long LearningJoint HOSPEEM-EPSU working group on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long Learning (LLL)Presentation on CPD by Mathias MaucherSSDC HS WG2/2016 - It2-CPD - 02.06.16Joint Declaration on CPD and LLL for all health workers in
17 December 2010Recruitment and Retention - A Framework of Actions1. PREAMBLE1.1 Access to health care services for all is a fundamental human right. This right forms an essential part of the European Social model. All relevant actors must be committed to the effective functioning of health care
by Jane Lethbridge, PSIRU - February 2011This report is published (March 2011) at a time when Europe stands at a crossroads. The economic crisis, austerity measures and the proposed European economic governance package risk not only to increase poverty and social exclusion but to have a devastating