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:
This webpage is the "entry door" to the EPSU/PSI Online Platform on Safe and Effective Staffing. From here you can access both the publicly accessible section and the password-protected section reserved for the national affiliates of EPSU and PSI.
EPSU affiliates from the sectors "health and social services" and "local and regional government" have agreed to common guidelines for EPSU members in view of the development of social dialogue at EU-level with relevant and representative employers‘ organisations.
Thousands of workers in the Belgian social / non-profit descend on Brussels 24 November. They demand of the government to continue the agreements that ensured that stress was addressed, older workers could reach the pension age healthy and which offered younger workers a perspective to work in the sector.
Speaking as a panelist at EASPD’s 20th Anniversary Conference, which took place in Brussels on the 20th of October, EPSU’s Secretary General Jan Willem Goudriaan stated that: ‘Public services guaranteeing the general interest are essential to achieve and defend an inclusive society
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!”