On 9 and 10 January, UNICARE was part of the kick-off meeting for the European project ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services’ (Grant Agreement no VS/2018/0344).
Other project partners include EASPD (The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), Social Services Europe, DIESIS (European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy), EFSI – the key representative body for national federations and companies involved in the development of personal and household services in Europe and EFFE, the EU Federation for Family Employment, and our sister union federation EFFAT, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions.
The project partners aim to bring together existing research on Personal Household Services (PHS), organise 21 national conferences on personal and household services, establish tailored guides and ultimately develop a platform involving multiple stakeholders such as unions, employers, ministries, and civil society organisations.
UNICARE is committed to organising national conferences alongside other stakeholders in Ireland, Hungary and Poland, and will oversee the writing of tailored guides on developing Social Dialogue, Professional Profiles, and Service Voucher Schemes.
Adrian Durtschi, UNICARE’s Head of Department says: “PHS workers represent an ever-greater number of workers in the care economy. Their work is essential to our economies but this goes unrecognised. Together with other European stakeholders we want to make sure that they can work in dignity and have effective collective bargaining structures.”
Mark Bergfeld, Director of Property Services and UNICARE Europa says: “As most of these workers are women and migrants, it is more necessary than ever that these workers have access to rights both in the workplace and at a sectoral level. This project can help UNICARE to develop an agenda for sectoral collective bargaining which is the best way to ensure the rights of PHS workers.”
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