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:
EPSU Project "Cross-border mobility and recruitment of health workers" (2011-2012)
Dear Colleagues/Chers Collègues/Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen/Estimados Colegas/Bästa kolleger, Please find below questionnaire on opportunities and challenges related to the cross-border mobility and recruitment of health workforce in Europe addressed to
EPSU/Uni Hertfordshire Report on migration of health & elderly care workers and related trade union initiatives
(Brussels, 28 August 2012) The study and report “Opportunities and challenges related to cross border mobility and recruitment of the health sector workforce” have been commissioned by EPSU and prepared
WICARE - Final Conference, 18 November 2014, Amsterdam: Invitation, Agenda & Summary Report
Invitation Invitation Agenda Agenda Summary Report The final conference of the WICARE conference took place in Amsterdam on 18 November attended by EPSU affiliates from Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France
Project "Promoting Employers' Social Services Organisations in Social Dialogue" (PESSIS II) (2014)
Brussels, 14/15 January 2014 Summary information on PESSIS II - EPSU is being involved in as trade union partner, called PESSIS 2, “PESSIS” being the acronym for “Promoting employers’ social
Summary Info Joint HOSPEEM-EPSU Project (2014-2016)
Brussels, 31 October 2014 N.B.: The text below is copied (with very slight changes under sections "five phases" and "timeline") from the [project-related website HOSPEEM->http://hospeem.org/activities/projects/msd-psr/] set up. HOSPEEM and EPSU