Social dialogue and gender equality
As key stakeholders in European social dialogue, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) together with its European social partners – BusinessEurope, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP) – have made a commitment to enhancing gender equality in the labour market and workplace.
The Framework of actions on gender equality is a prime example of the type of actions put forward by the European social partners. The framework sets out four priority areas for action.
In addition, the current round of talks on the reconciliation of work and family life, including negotiations to revise the parental leave agreement, underline the European social partners’ willingness to make progress in this field.
See below an outline of references to the various outcomes of European social dialogue related to gender equality.
"Joint declaration to the EU and Member States: Fight discrimination and guarantee equality for all ", October 2009
Joint letter from the European social partners on childcare, July 2008
European social partner report on reconciliation of professional, private and family life, February 2008
Framework of actions on gender equality
Framework agreement on parental leave, June 1996 (revised)