World Day for Decent Work – Changing the rules with collective bargaining

Friday 5 October 2018

7th October is World Day for Decent Work where workers and organisations across the world come together to highlight how we can create better jobs and workplaces. This year’s theme is ‘change the rules’.

“World Day for Decent Work is an important day to reflect on where we’re at in Europe in regard to quality jobs and workers’ rights. Europe’s workers can’t afford to wait any longer for decent pay and working conditions,” commented Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary of UNI Europa.

“Let’s strengthen collective bargaining. This is the basis for achieving, maintaining and promoting decent work and will make for a difference for all services workers.” Roethig concluded.

The EU needs to implement the political and legal framework to deliver a triple A Social Europe for workers that Juncker promised in 2014. The current European Commission and Parliament have until May 2019 to ‘change the rules’ to promote decent work for people across the EU who are getting increasingly disillusioned over precarious work, poor wages, and growing inequality. As such, we support the ETUC in their legislative proposals for decent work.

Roethig continued, “We need a strong social action programme to fully deliver the European Pillar of Social Rights. We need concrete action rather than hot air. For the next mandate, we need to not only change the rules, but also change the game, so that workers and citizens are put first.”