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Factsheet for measure EU-2020-14/1089 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||10 September 2020 (updated 23 September 2020)|
European social partners representing the personal and household services (PHS) decided to draw the attention of public authorities to the situation of PHS employees, who experience severe shocks in the pandemic. They stressed that given the nature of PHS which is to provide care and support to people, including to people who can be far more at risk to COVID-19 than the general population, the continuity of those services must be ensured while guaranteeing the safety of PHS workers and users. Additionally many users are forced to self-isolate, including from their PHS workers. As a result, many PHS workers are going unpaid and the sectors face an unprecedented fall in their activity.
On 1 April 2020 European Federation for Family Employment & Home Care (EFFE), European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI), European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and European Services Workers Union (UNI-Europa) adopted a joint statement on this matter.
EFFAT, EFFE, EFSI and UNI-Europa call EU and national authorities to:
The statement concerns personal and household services' employees in the Member States.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
EU level social partners
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The statement is an independent joint initiative of social partners representing the PHS sector. On the employers 'side: EFFE, EFIS, on the trade unions' side: EFFAT, UNI-Europa.
Social partners are supportive of their own statement.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|S - Other Service Activities||S95 Repair of computers and personal and household goods|
|S96 Other personal service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), European social partners call for safeguard of personal and household services workers, measure EU-2020-14/1089 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2020-14_1089.html
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