Equal treatment

Our main aim is to combat all kinds of precarious work (temporary work, undeclared work, atypical forms of employment and bogus self-employment) and arduous work, and to promote equal treatment between all workers in the same situation, i.e. equal treatment re wages and working conditions (equal pay for equal work done in the same place), social security and social protection, occupational health and safety and access to vocational and professional training. These efforts also entail guaranteeing fundamental rights – to join a union, negotiate freely and take industrial action – for all workers.

All workers must be guaranteed equal treatment in the workplace and fair migration. To this end, the EFBWW will be highly attentive to the effective and efficient enforcement of fundamental rights. We will work towards an ambitious revision of the EU Regulations governing social security coordination and strive to ensure that everyone enjoys equal rights. We will work alongside the new European Labour Authority to successfully secure equal rights.

We will address the challenges associated with cross-border work, such as postings, fake postings, cross-border social fraud and the posting of bogus self-employed workers, as well as social abuses such as the use of letterbox companies. The instruments we will use to do this include building cross-border trade union networks and cooperation, facilitating bilateral cooperation between trade unions in posting and host countries, and creating information tools for cross-border work.

All workers in our sectors, regardless of their gender, must be guaranteed equal treatment and non-discrimination. This should be accomplished by taking account of all gender specifics, health and safety standards, ensuring that vocational training courses are compatible with modern working conditions and lifestyles, guaranteeing equal professional standing and wages, including systems for calculating and measuring the gender pay gap in companies, applying all maternity and/or paternity measures provided for in EU and national legislation, and striving to ensure a good work-life balance for all workers.