The European Pillar of Social Rights at the core of the EU Agenda 2024 – 2029: ETUC priorities

Chapter I 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO THE LABOUR MARKET

Chapter II

FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS

Chapter III

SOCIAL PROTECTION AND INCLUSION

Social Europe must be at the centre of the programme and of the work of the European institutions in the next years.

The European Union must deliver on its promise of improving living and working conditions. The full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights is key to ensure a Europe that is a great place to live, work, bring up children, care for our loved-ones, retire and grow old. A Europe that protects fundamental human rights, thriving to achieve gender equality. A Europe with a strong green industrial policy with social conditionalities. A Europe developing labour market policies that are closely linked to supporting quality jobs in all sectors. A Europe that truly supports workers to have a say in their workplace, with well-functioning social dialogue, and collective bargaining as the way to anticipate and manage change. A Europe that fully supports trade unions and combat union busting. A Europe based on a fair days pay for a fair days work, employment security, advancement, respect and equality for all workers regardless of where they are from or the work that they do. A Europe we can be proud to pass on to future generations. This is necessary also to defend and reinforce democracy in Europe.

European Pillar of Social Rights: EU official page

IMPLEMENTING THE EUROPEAN PILLAR OF SOCIAL RIGHTS: ETUC PROPOSALS 2021

Chapter I (2021)

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO THE LABOUR MARKET

Chapter II (2021)

FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS

Chapter III (2021) 

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.