In the EU, precarious work means a low level of certainty over job safety, poor individual control over work, and/ or little opportunity for training and career progression.
A job can be precarious because the worker is unable to enforce employment rights, social insurance protection is absent, or health and safety is at risk. But it can also mean that the job does not provide enough income to live decently, wages are not paid regularly or not paid at all.
Such insecurity causes economic and social repercussions. That means it breaches the fundamental right to adequate living condition as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human right.
The European Commission needs to put in place a legal framework for equal treatment to make this first step.
‘Europe: End Precarious Work Now! – Decent Work and Equal Treatment for All’ is a joint project of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs) EFBWW, EFFAT, EPSU, ETF, IndustriAll-Europe, UNI Europa, co-financed by the European Commission.
For many years, the European Trade Union Federations and the ETUC have been fighting against the growing precarisation of work. With this multi-sectoral project, the trade unions want to build on the work undertaken so far by each of them and jointly elaborate a common strategy for decent work and equal treatment for all workers.
Find out more on http://endprecariouswork.eu/
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