Project Update: Advancing Personal and Household Services

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Upcoming workshop

In the framework of the ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services (Ad-PHS)’, UNI Europa is organising a national workshop in Drogheda, Ireland on 30 May 2019.

The workshop will focus on understanding the current state of the sector, how the jobs have been professionalised and the role of social dialogue and collective bargaining.  In particular, participants will be invited to discuss stakeholders’ rights and obligations, as well as the development of online platforms and networks.

Participation is by invitation only. If you wish more information about the event, please contact Mark Bergfeld

State of Play in the 21 EU Member States

The State of Play Report seeks to consider the state of the PHS sector across 21 EU Member States. The report explains why Personal Household Services should play an important role in the European Union agenda and suggests approaches for analysing PHS at the national level. The report relies on examples of policies and instruments currently in use in various Member States to develop a framework of how PHS functions in different contexts. This framework can help countries with advanced PHS sectors as well as those with less advanced sectors further the EU and their own national discourses on this key area of development.

As the report underlines, another important goal of the Ad-PHS project is to further assess the current and planned instruments in 21 Member States through workshops and seminars in each country. These events will bring together social partners and key stakeholders in the sector. The goal will be to understand which challenges each country has sought to overcome and what instruments have been useful in achieving that end. By assessing these instruments, the project will develop a deeper understanding of how they impact users, employees and firms and whether they are best suited for working arrangements directly contracted between users and employees or including triangular relationships that involve intermediary firms.

Through the Ad-PHS project, these experiences in individual Member States can be shared and analysed for the benefit of developing an EU-wide policy for PHS as well as stronger exchange of ideas between countries. You can get a hold of a copy from Mark Bergfeld