A European pillar of social rights
We have 12 key proposals that should be included in this new social pillar:
- A European directive on fair working conditions for all workers, ensuring a core set of enforceable labour rights, health insurance and social protection – even for those who work on temporary or on-demand contracts, in internships or as self-employed contractors for digital platforms. All these people need to make a decent living and need to be protected!
- Ban on unpaid internships and on those which pay so little that workers can’t make ends meet.
- Ban on zero-hour contracts. Some core working hours must be guaranteed to all workers - they can't be forced into permanent uncertainty!
- Decent living wages. Every EU country should ensure a minimum wage of at least 60% of the national average wage.
- A Child Guarantee policy in every EU country, so that every child in poverty has access to free healthcare, free education, free childcare, decent housing and adequate nutrition.
- A Youth Guarantee, making sure that everyone under 30 gets a good-quality offer of a job, internship, apprenticeship or training within four months of leaving education.
- A Skills Guarantee as a new right for everyone to get fundamental skills for the 21st century, including digital literacy.
- Housing support for young people setting up home and for everyone in need, including through more social housing and protection against eviction.
- New and better laws on maternity leave, paternity leave, parental leave and carers’ leave to ensure equal opportunities, help women in the labour market and allow us all to have a better work-life balance.
- A 'silver rule' on social investment in the EU’s fiscal rules ensuring that key investments like childcare, education and training are not restricted by limits on budget deficits and government debt.
- Jobs as the first priority in the EU Investment Plan. The European Investment Bank is supported by taxpayers and should prioritise job creation over financial returns.
- More money for existing EU funds helping with job-hunting, education, training and social inclusion. In addition, two new tools should be added to the eurozone’s fiscal toolkit: a 'convergence fund' to repair the economies hit hardest by the eurozone crisis and a European unemployment insurance scheme, giving short-term support to national schemes in case of future shocks.