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Involvement of Women in the Social Dialogue

Publié le  vendredi 29 novembre 2013

Strasbourg - November 20th 2013

In collaboration with the “Women Zone 4 – Uni Europa” network, the CNE-JSC organized its 3rd conference on the theme “Involvement of women in the social dialogue” on November 20th 2013 in Strasbourg. UNI Europa in Belgium (French- and Dutch-speaking), in France and in Luxemburg (UNI-Europa is an organization that regroups millions of workers from favors area) is in partnership with our project since the beginning.

The central subject was called “The European social dialogue : A plus to improve the equality between women and men at work ?”. One hundred and seventeen people (included 90% of women) from a lot of Western, Eastern and Central Europe countries have actively contributed to this : Belgium, France, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, United Kingdom, Switzerland.

The conference created the opportunity to offer deep speeches about the impact of the crisis and the economic policies since 2008 on the equality between women and men within the Union (M. JEPSEN, Director of the Research Unit at ETUI and R. SILVERA, Lecturer at the Southern Paris University). It created also some connections with the UE 2020 policy and some animated debates too. The main role of the social consultation (collective labor agreements) in the gender equality progress was emphasized. Thanks to the strategic choice of the city that welcomed their event, the members of this network have been able to question some Congressmen about a central topic during a roundtable : “What kind of support from the EU to advance the women right through the European social dialogue ?”. A dozen of Congressmen could meet there some network members, among them : Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER, Kathleen VAN BREMPT, Marie-Christine VERGIAT, Mikael GUSTAFSSON (Deputies from an equal panel of European parties). The following claims were tackled :

1) Part time and precariousness. If the part time is forced, a decent wage must be guaranteed. The extra times must be paid as extra times. The collective reduction of working time can be an alternative solution to individual part time. The social consultation has a major role to play about it. 2) Reduction of the wage gap : necessity to create a wage analysis with some relevant and uniform indicators in an European level, necessity to negotiate equality plans, to increase the minimum wages, to create an European minimum wage, etc . 3) Conciliation between work and family : establish a paternity leave of 2 months that would be paid on the same standards that maternity leave, free collective supplies. 4) Struggle against the gender stereotypes : public campaign of sensitization in schools, firms, etc.

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