|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2019|
|Agenda item:||2 Resolutions|
|Proposer:||Social Europe Working Group (decided on: 07/17/2019)|
|Replaces:||Toward a Europe that works for all|
Toward a Europe that works for all
After the shockwaves of the global financial crisis swept through Europe,
indicating the unsustainable nature of lax neoliberal economic policies, the
answers ruling decision-makers gave to the crisis further deepened wealth
inequalities through austerity measures. These measures, coupled with other
factors, such as climate change, new technologies, demographic changes, and
globalization, have not only led to very high youth unemployment rates in Europe
(especially in Southern and Eastern European countries) but also to a stance
among political decision-makers that “any job is better than none.” But we need
to focus on qualitative indicators of young people and other vulnerable groups’
work experience, instead of having a fixation merely on quantitative indicators.
The current generation of young people is worse off than their predecessors,
pillars of European welfare states are gradually being deconstructed and labour
deregulations coupled with new technologies are taking us even further away from
a labour market equally benefiting employers and employees.
Young people struggle with a multilayered challenge of making ends meet, finding
affordable housing, studying and gaining experience, and finding meaningful work
that strengthens their skillset while making it easier for them to navigate the
labour market. In certain European states wage growth only slowly follows the
growth of productivity, or outright stagnates, making the gap between the level
of productivity and wage levels high. This means that while economic growth is
continuous, the benefits of the prosperity of said growth are not fairly
redistributed in society - the producers of the increased output see little
benefit of their increased production. Meanwhile, income inequality remained
high in most European states in the last years, putting young employees, usually
at the lower end of the wage table, into precarious situations.
We need labour policies that take young people seriously, do not discriminate
against youth, support the development of young people’s skillset, personality
and responsibilities, and that consider megatrends that impact work realities
such as climate change, globalization, demographic changes and automation. And
we need a Europe that treats its citizens on the basis of equity and advances
In order to combat the negative effects of the deregulation of the labour
market, of the downward wage competition of European states and the
precarisation of working youth, FYEG calls upon the EU, the governments of EU
member states and other European states to:
- Support young jobseekers by providing information and courses on different
types of contracts to avoid widespread exploitation by employers.
- Implement the 2013 European Council recommendation on Youth Guarantee
which serves as a basic guideline to assure a quality job, a quality
traineeship or a quality internship to every young person after their
Ban zero-hour contracts.
- Pay workers for every hour they are required to be available to work
(regardless if they get called to work or not) and have a fixed maximum
number of hours they are required to be available for work written in
their contract. Above this number, they can refuse to work without any
risk to their employment status.
- Reaserch and promote initiatives that would put in place a maximum amount
aloud between the highest and the lowest salary within companies,
organizations and corporations in the private sector.
Ban all unpaid internships.
Not allow internships to replace regular employment contracts and to last
longer than six months (with the option of one prolongation).
Harmonise internship standards across the EU.
Allow trade unions or intern unions to bargain on behalf of interns.
Put in place anonymous complaint systems for employees within independent
local or national labour authorities.
Put legislation in place that requires employers to provide new workers
their contract on the first working day at the latest.
- Recognise platform workers as employees rather than self-employed workers.
- Obligate transnational and international companies and corporations to
respect the national legislation on the human and socialrights of their
Put in place legislation that platform workers receive a compensation that
aligns with the national minimum wage (if such a minimum wage exists).
Require platform companies to insure their workers and their equipment
necessary to carry out the work.
Require platform companies to provide access to the national social
security system, including the pension system to their employees.
Require employers not to pay women* employees less.
Require employers not to pay young people (including minors) less if they
perform the same work as their older colleagues. Union-supported and
regulated wage increases based on the number of years working in a field
or at a workplace will still be permitted.
Extend mandatory parental leave to both parents to incentivize a more
equal share of childcare activities.
Introduce an EU-wide minimum income that differs between member states
based on factors such as cost of living, median income and existing social
This resolution is the product of the conclusions from FYEG's Unconference event in Bologna, Italy that took place in April 2019. The collection of the demands listed above were the collaborative work of Working Group members and the participants of the event.