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Factsheet for measure EU-2020-19/1153 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 08 May 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||17 September 2020 (updated 18 September 2020)|
The EU social partners in private security namely the Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) and the European Services Workers Union (UNI-Europa) welcomed fact that the European Commission and many European governments have officially recognised private security as “essential services”. However, in their opinion too often private security workers remain invisible. For this reason, they decided to agree on a set of recommendations for public authorities.
Parties to the declaration:
According to the social partners the status of "essential services" should prompt public authorities to rethink how to purchase security services and value a sector that aims to put the health and safety of workers and citizens first. CoESS and UNI Europa, share the common goal of ensuring business continuity when the provision of private security services is essential, as well as keeping staff in a safe working environment.
The recommendations of the social partners concern the following issues:
There is no information on the use.
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 own initiative of social partners.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N80 Security and investigation activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Protective services workers|
Eurofound (2020), Ensuring business continuity and protection of workers in private security service during COVID-19 pandemic, measure EU-2020-19/1153 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2020-19_1153.html
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