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Friday, April 3, 2009

A global goal: decent work for everybody

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News The European Union supports the concept of decent work for all as a means of fighting poverty and social injustice both in Europe and across the world.

Europe’s commitment In 2006, the European Commission published a Communication on the subject, which commits the EU to promote decent work in its internal and external policies, especially in areas such as economic development, trade, external relations and enlargement. The Communication called on other EU institutions, Member States and social partners to work together to promote decent work for all. Every European institution has endorsed the Communication. The Commission’s Renewed Social Agenda further stresses the importance of the decent work concept. Together with this agenda, the Commission published a comprehensive report in July 2008 that shows the progress made on this issue since 2006 and which outlines the way forward. So what kind of progress has the EU made in this area? The Community’s legislation covering employment, social policy and equal opportunities already goes well beyond international norms. What is more, the EU’s Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs and its renewed social agenda provide frameworks for action in favour of developing good quality jobs in Europe. In fact the EU has a basket of internal policies and actions that can help Member States and other partners pursue the decent work agenda. An example is flexicurity, which aims to balance labour market flexibility with greater social protection for workers. A new Community strategy on health and safety at work highlights the EU’s interest in raising standards for labour – both within and outside the Union. In addition, a framework is now in place to protect workers in the EU from violence and harassment at work. And the Commission’s roadmap for equality between men and women for 2006-10 aims to bring change to the EU and its candidate countries. Those countries going through the accession process will also have to align themselves with EU practices relating to workers’ rights and social protection as they adopt Community law and improve their institutional capacities. A global issue The EU promotes improving social standards and decent work through its trade policy, especially by providing unilateral incentives via the recently renewed System of Generalized Preferences, and when negotiating economic partnership agreements and free trade agreements with third countries. The EU also promotes full and productive employment in its external assistance and development policies. Along with the UN, it sees these issues as key to relieving poverty, generating sustainable growth and stimulating a more equitable globalisation process. The Millennium Development Goals include free and productive employment and decent work as targets. All 27 EU Member States have ratified the eight ILO conventions that provide the so-called core labour standards and which address forced labour, child labour, antidiscrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Source :  DG Employment, social affaires and equal opportunities

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