IMPLEMENTING THE EUROPEAN PILLAR OF SOCIAL RIGHTS: ETUC PROPOSALS
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO THE LABOUR MARKET
FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS
SOCIAL PROTECTION AND INCLUSION
The Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (“EPSR”) should serve as a tool for Member States to address the well-known challenges facing Europe (e.g., digitalisation, green transition, migration and demographic change). It provides direction and also suggests common legislation to be adopted based on common objectives within the framework of strengthened cooperation, coordination and solidarity. This is even more necessary now, as we are facing the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, employment, social and economic aspects.
A “fair and just transition” would allow us to combine environmental and health protection with social justice and full-time quality employment. This starts with the preservation of employment. To support the change (digital and green), and to adapt in a time of crisis, workers need to be reassured that they will continue to have a stable job or an income that is sufficient for preserving a good standard of living for them and their families.