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European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy26-04-2017 - 20:24

Common EU-wide social rights, as proposed by the European Commission, the “European Pillar of Social Rights”, should be pegged at the highest level and not lead to a “race to the bottom”, MEPs stressed in a debate on Wednesday. (Read more: European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards )

 

Employment: MEPs to discuss plans to reinforce workers' rights

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy26-04-2017 - 10:28
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The labour market has drastically changed in recent years due in part to the digital economy, leading to more temporary jobs and more people being treated as independent contractors. However, the EU is preparing legislation to reinforce workers' rights as part of the European pillar of social rights initiative. The European Commission will present the plans to MEPs on Wednesday 26 April. We asked two MEPs about the best ways to create fair working conditions for employees. (Read more: Employment: MEPs to discuss plans to reinforce workers' rights )

 

European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Youth / Employment policy06-04-2017 - 12:30

The new EU Solidarity Corps (ECS) initiative, which aims to create 100,000 volunteering and job placement opportunities for young people, needs proper legislation and funding, say MEPS in a resolution passed on Thursday. Its funding should under no circumstances be at the expense of the Erasmus+ or other EU programmes, they add. (Read more: European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs )

 

European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future

BUDG ECON EMPL Budget / Economic and monetary affairs / Employment policy27-01-2017 - 10:50

National MPs from across Europe will join MEPs in Brussels next week to debate the European Semester Cycle 2017 (Monday), Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Tuesday) and national growth and jobs creation and financial assistance programmes (Wednesday). The events are part of the 2017 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (#EPW17). (Read more: European Parliamentary Week: MPs and MEPs to debate EU’s economic future )

 

European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs

Plenary Session Employment policy19-01-2017 - 13:35

All workers should have their basic rights guaranteed, whatever their form of employment and contract, said MEPs approving their recommendations on Thursday for the forthcoming proposal on the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (Read more: European Social Rights: workers’ protection needs to be extended to new jobs )

 

Social dumping: MEPs call for fair wages and social justice for workers

Plenary Session Employment policy21-09-2016 - 09:00
 

Workers do not enjoy the same level of social protection within the EU. Faced with increased competition some businesses resort to social dumping in order to reduce their labour costs. This could lead to workers being exploited as cheap labour. During last week’s plenary session, MEPs called for this unfair practice to be ended. They also discussed measures to help reconcile work, private and family life and minimum income schemes. (Read more: Social dumping: MEPs call for fair wages and social justice for workers )

 

Unemployment: three in four Europeans want EU to do more to create jobs

Others Employment policy22-07-2016 - 09:00
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With unemployment in the EU remaining above 8%, 77% of Europeans want the EU to do more to tackle the issue, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. Reacting to the results of the Europe-wide study, Thomas Händel, the head of Parliament’s employment committee, urged EU leaders to “endeavour to ensure investment and high-quality, sustainable employment”. Read on to learn more about the EU’s role in the fight against unemployment. (Read more: Unemployment: three in four Europeans want EU to do more to create jobs )

 

Getting refugees to work: MEPs call for a win-win approach

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy05-07-2016 - 13:33

Allowing refugees and asylum seekers to work in their host countries not only helps to restore their human dignity, but also reduces strain on public budgets by turning them into taxpayers, says a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. Inclusion schemes should nonetheless emphasise language learning and pay attention to local unemployment rates, especially among young people, it adds. (Read more: Getting refugees to work: MEPs call for a win-win approach )

 

Benifei: "Integration of refugees needed but not at vulnerable groups' expense"

Others Social policy / Employment policy31-05-2016 - 11:26
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Finding employment is a crucial step for refugees to integrate in society become economically independent. However, with high levels of unemployment in the EU, some people are concerned about increased competition on the labour market. The employment committee adopted on Monday 30 May a report proposing concrete measure to tackle these challenges. We interviewed report author Brando Benifei, an Italian member of the S&D group, before the vote. (Read more: Benifei: "Integration of refugees needed but not at vulnerable groups' expense" )

 

Parental leave: MEPs call for common rules to be better enforced

Plenary Session Social policy / Employment policy12-05-2016 - 12:52

The EU’s common rules on minimum parental leave should be better enforced EU-wide, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday. Member states should guarantee working parents the right to take four months off, unpaid, regardless of where and how they are employed, and fathers in particular should be encouraged to apply for it, says the text. (Read more: Parental leave: MEPs call for common rules to be better enforced )