EESC-resolutie voor herstel na COVID-19: het standpunt van de groep Werknemers

door de groep Werknemers

In de EESC-resolutie wordt duidelijk gesteld dat het noodzakelijk is onze samenleving opnieuw op te bouwen met solidariteit als basis: solidariteit met zorgaanbieders, met alle werknemers die zich enorme opofferingen hebben moeten getroosten om de samenleving in deze moeilijke tijd te steunen, met mensen die hun baan hebben verloren, maar ook met werkgevers die worstelen om hun bedrijf en hun banen te redden; solidariteit met de delen van de openbare en particuliere sector die onmiddellijke hulp nodig hebben; en bovenal solidariteit tussen de EU-landen, die een gemeenschappelijke economische en sociale doelstelling hebben.

A genuine renewal of the European project calls for strong social investment and social measures to complement economic policies. The paper puts forward proposals for stimulating employment and putting social recovery at the heart of this strategy. This includes pushing for implementation of parts of the social agenda, e.g. in relation to posting of workers and the minimum wage, and pointing to what is missing, such as modernisation of occupational health and safety standards. This could be an important contribution to the conference on the future of Europe and the debate about the next work programme of the European Commission.

Trade unions welcome the initiatives on the reform of economic governance and on tax fraud and aggressive tax planning, as well as the focus on the role of labour as a main driver for the relaunch of our European economic system. A fair transition should be based on the concept of the sustainable company, which includes participation rights and strong worker involvement.

Social investments will be crucial for health care, but also for health workers; their pay should reflect the work that they do. Social dialogue is key when it comes to setting decent wages for them and for all workers.

Budget proposals include making own resources available through fairer taxation in general and the introduction of a digital tax and a financial transaction tax.

In respect of macroeconomic policies, the Workers' Group emphasises the need to continue using the flexibility allowed by the stability and growth pact to prevent austerity measures from hampering recovery.