2010/2018(INI)

Precarious women workers

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2010/2018(INI) Precarious women workers
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Opinion EMPL HÄNDEL Thomas (GUE/NGL)
Lead FEMM THOMSEN Britta (S&D) ROMEVA I RUEDA Raül (Verts/ALE), CYMAŃSKI Tadeusz (ECR), ERNST Cornelia (GUE/NGL), BLOOM Godfrey (EFD)
Lead committee dossier: FEMM/7/02070
Legal Basis RoP 048
Subjects
Links

Activites

  • 2010/10/19 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0365/2010 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2010/10/19 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
    • SP(2011)609
    • DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, ANDOR László
  • 2010/10/18 Debate in Parliament
  • 2010/10/05 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/10/05 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/09/29 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/06/29 Deadline Amendments
  • 2010/06/02 Committee draft report
  • 2010/01/21 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/01/14 EP officialisation

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
106 2010/2018(INI) Precarious women workers
2010/01/07 FEMM 49 amendments...
source: PE-445.634
2010/06/16 EMPL 50 amendments...
source: PE-443.039
2010/09/17 FEMM 7 amendments...
source: PE-448.662

History

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    • The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality adopted the report by Britta THOMSEN (S&D, DK) on precarious women workers.  The committee recalls that precarious work refers to 'non-standard' forms of employment with any of the following characteristics:

      • little or no job security owing to the non-permanent, often casual nature of the work, with contracts containing poor conditions or without any written contract;
      • a low level of remuneration, which may even be unofficial and unclear;
      • no social protection rights or employment-related benefits;
      • no protection against discrimination;
      • limited or no prospects for advancement in the labour market;
      • no collective representation of workers;
      • a working environment that fails to meet minimum health and safety standards.

      Gendered nature of precarious work: Members point out the gendered nature of precarious employment and recalls the shift in the labour market from standard to non-standard types of employment. They consider that, in order to combat these problems, legislative and contractual rules on standard work and atypical work need to be aligned. Member States are called upon to take legislative measures to put an end to zero-hour contracts, which are common in jobs typically occupied by women in sectors such as domestic work, care work, catering and the hotel industry. They also call for the introduction of extensive control instruments to regulate all types of attendance at firms and work places which are formally agreed for guidance and training purposes but which in practice are becoming a further source of abuse, concealing actual services which are provided without proper payment or protection. The Commission and Member States are called upon to develop strategies on precarious work in order to emphasise decent and green jobs and incorporate gender balance in order to reduce the double burden of work on women, one of the reasons for women's over-representation in precarious employment.

      Social conditions: disappointed that EU legislation on atypical work does not adequately address the precarious nature of employment, Members call on the Commission and the Member States to take further specific legislative measures, such as introducing binding minimum social standards for employees (and granting all employees equal access to social services and benefits, including maternity leave, health care and retirement pensions, as well as to education and training).

      Member States are also called upon:

      • to implement legislation ensuring reasonable limitation of working hours, rest and leisure for workers;
      • to ensure that employers who subject female workers to abusive or harmful treatment are brought to justice as early as possible;
      • to penalise the imposition of obstacles to trade union participation;
      • to deliver on the Barcelona childcare targets in order to improve labour market participation;
      • to plan and implement measures to facilitate satisfactory education, training and studies for girls and young women, providing particular support for girls and young women with a migration background;
      • to combat undeclared work by transforming it into regular employment, by means of preventive measures such as granting immunity from prosecution to employees who report their illegal employment status and taking dissuasive action against employers;
      • to create quality jobs and introduce measures to ensure that they do not become precarious, and, in this context, provide for more rigorous work inspections;
      • to adopt legislation regulating the social and legal status of seasonal workers;
      • to enhance their monitoring of minimum health and safety requirements in the workplace, paying particular attention to the specific risks to female workers.

      Domestic workers: Members note that, in industrialised countries, domestic work accounts for between 5 and 9% of all employment and that such work is mostly precarious, undervalued and informal, meaning that domestic workers are often discriminated against and can easily be subjected to unequal, unfair or abusive treatment. In this context, they invite Member States to  make full use of the co-financing opportunities offered by the Structural Funds, in particular the European Social Fund, to ensure broader access to affordable, quality childcare and elderly care facilities so that women are not forced to undertake these duties on an informal basis. Member States are also called upon to develop a campaign for a step-by-step transformation of precarious workers into regular workers. Members call specifically on the Commission to endorse a programme aiming to educate workers on the effects and impacts of precarious work, including on occupational safety and health and to propose a new European agreement on the rules regarding au pairs, which would lower the age limit from 30 so that adult breadwinners in their late 20s cannot be placed as au pairs. The purpose of this would be to limit an au pair's role to helping out with day-to-day family duties and taking part in family activities, which must not exceed 30 hours per week.

      Migrant workers: Members also call on the Commission to strengthen its commitment to promoting gender equality in migration and integration policies. This would be in order to offer them language training and/or support services, and to ensure that migrant workers are registered, so that they are entitled to benefits.

      Research on the subject: lastly, Members call for the improvement of research in this field, in particular by means of the European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in cooperation with the European Institute for Gender Equality.

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Precarious women workers
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