Members of the European Parliament are calling for public procurement rules to be changed to ensure people have a say at work. Following the launch on International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, thirty-eight MEPs from four different politicial groups in the European Parliament have already backed calls by workers’ unions from across Europe for public contracts to be only made accessible to companies that have collective agreements with their workers.
With a strong and independent collective say, working women can close the gender pay gap in the near future. Collective bargaining is the mechanism to achieve this. It is time for the law to recognise the role of working women’s unions so that they can speak up and demand pay equality without fear of retaliation. We were with ETUC and the European trade union movement outside the European Parliament to make ourselves heard.
An alliance of employers, trade unions, European and international institutions and civil society organisations has ramped up calls for the protection of Europe’s 9.5 million domestic workers, including millions of home care workers. On the 10th Anniversary of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, (No.189), the EU-wide alliance has written to the governments of EU countries that have so far failed to write the agreed measures into national laws. The convention, which was adopted by governments at the International Labour Organization in 2011, is yet to be written into law in over half of EU Member States.