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Personal and Household Services and work-life balance: what economic and social contribution for our future?

Conference - Room VM3, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

As the 6th edition of the European Conference on personal and household services (PHS) takes place during the Year of Reconciling Work and Family Life in Europe as well as the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI) and the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have chosen to dedicate this year’s conference to the issue of work-life balance.

Indeed, the ability to reconcile work and family life is affected by the time available to carry out unpaid work, i.e. housework and care. Housework comprises of traditional tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing, gardening and repairs while care includes both childcare and care for elderly of disabled relatives. In this regard, the provision of PHS is of crucial importance.

The conference will gather expert as well as company, union and EU representatives to discuss the following topics:

  • PHS as a driver of female labour force participation
  • PHS as a driver of labour productivity and a tool for workers’ retention
  • Work-life balance (WLB) and PHS: what are the impacts of recession and austerity?


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