Improving working conditions for women 

As women continue to suffer disadvantages in their working lives, MEPs put forward a series of remedial measures. Companies should ensure a better work-life balance, promote gender equality and be obliged to make salaries public, as ways forward to improve women’s economic empowerment in the private and public sectors, MEPs say in a draft resolution to be discussed on Monday and put to a vote on Tuesday.

MEPs recommends a number of measures:


  • better work-life balance to enable a fairer distribution of unpaid work between men and women;
  • pay parity and increase pay transparency in private companies;
  • establish gender quotas;
  • include gender equality plans in negotiations between companies and social partners;
  • ensure that the principle of equal pay for work of equal value is applied effectively by all member states
  • raise wages in sectors where women make up the majority of the workforce, such as cleaners and care workers and
  • conclude collective agreements and inclusion of equal pay measures in collective bargaining.

Quick Facts


According to Eurostat, 31,5% of working women work part-time, compared to 8,2% of working men; around 50 % of women work full time, compared to 71,2% of men.


Caring responsibilities are the main reason for not having paid work for almost 20% of economically inactive women. Men with caring responsibilities account for only 2% of economically inactive men.


According to EIGE (the European Institute for Gender Equality), improving gender equality would generate up to 10.5 million additional jobs by 2050 in the EU, and increase the EU GDP per capita by some 6.1 to 9.6 %.


Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

2017/2008(INI)

Debate:  Monday, 2 October

Vote: Tuesday, 3 October


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