Local and Regional Government, Remunicipalisation, Early Childhood Education and Care, Precarious employment, Work-life balance
Local and regional government workers across Europe and the globe provide essential public services which enable our cities and communities to prosper. Their working conditions, pay, and job security are closely interlinked with the quality and accessibility of services they provide – deficiencies in the former have a detrimental impact on the latter.
(3 February 2017) EPSU has expressed support for the strike of non-teaching staff in schools across Portugal. The unions argue that these workers face precarious employment conditions and are without a proper career structure. EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan said: "This group of workers
Good quality childcare and early years education are vital public services. However, they are often underfunded and, for many workers unaffordable, while childcare workers themselves, the vast majority of whom are women, are often undervalued and underpaid.At European level there is some recognition of the importance of childcare in increasing women’s employment and as a contribution to encourage gender equality. This meeting will debate these issues with a range of speakers including researchers, trade union representatives, employers, civil society and the European Commission.