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Decent work for all

Doc. 13456: compendium of written amendments | Doc. 13456 | Provisional version

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ADraft Resolution

1Work is an essential aspect of human life. It underpins individual and collective well-being by providing a source of subsistence, development, self-accomplishment and social inclusion. International and European human rights law lays down obligations for States to achieve the full realisation of the right to work and to protect rights at work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe further insist on the need to respect a full range of labour-related rights which make work decent and accessible for all. Decent work hence refers to productive employment in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
2Across Europe, public anxiety keeps growing about the erosion of labour rights, job security and quality employment prospects, notably for young people and migrants. Protracted economic stagnation, market deregulation and austerity in the West have destroyed more jobs than new ones have been created, and in-work precariousness has sprawled. This contrasts with the dynamism in developing countries, which are making quick gains in competitiveness and living standards, but lag behind on labour rights. Global and intra-European asymmetries underlie a “race to the bottom” on salaries, social protection and employment conditions, thus escalating inequalities and leading to social dumping.

09 April 2014

Tabled by Sir Christopher CHOPE, Lord Alexander DUNDEE, Sir Roger GALE, Mr Robert WALTER, Mr Morten WOLD

If adopted, amendment 4 falls.

Votes: 6 in favor 34 against 2 abstentions

In the draft resolution, delete paragraph 2.

09 April 2014

Tabled by Mr Konstantinos TRIANTAFYLLOS, Mr Konstantinos TZAVARAS, Ms Nunzia CATALFO, Mr Nicos NICOLAIDES, Ms Laura SEARA, Mr Carlos COSTA NEVES, Ms Stella KYRIAKIDES, Mr Roel DESEYN

Falls if amendment 6 is adopted.

Votes: 40 in favor 0 against 2 abstentions

In the draft resolution, at the end of paragraph 2, insert the following sentence: "Youth unemployment rates in some member States are extremely high, and reflect the difficulties faced by young people in finding jobs. The high number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET's) poses a threat for social cohesion".

3Building an inclusive and prosperous society through decent work requires global solutions. The Parliamentary Assembly reiterates the importance of international co-operation and broader solidarity between richer and poorer States, not least towards promoting decent work under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the new sustainable development framework beyond 2015. European countries must work together to root human rights and decent work strategies more explicitly in the multilateral trade system and bilateral trade and investment agreements.
4Council of Europe member States must also strengthen the implementation of the European Social Charter (ETS No. 35, “the Charter”). This instrument complements the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) regarding social and economic rights by linking labour-related norms with legal and social protection, just employment conditions and free movement of persons. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union already refers explicitly to the European Social Charter. However, further steps are needed to improve the consistency of national measures for fulfilling international commitments and harmonising European social standards.

09 April 2014

Tabled by Sir Christopher CHOPE, Lord Alexander DUNDEE, Sir Roger GALE, Mr Robert WALTER, Mr Morten WOLD

Votes: 6 in favor 36 against 1 abstention

In the draft resolution, delete paragraph 4.

5Only a healthy and safe working environment enables working people to realise their full potential. The Assembly considers that governments can make no concessions on occupational safety levels and must ensure that these are thoroughly respected by all employers. It moreover stresses the need for better enforcement of a ban on child work under the age of 15, as stipulated in the European Social Charter. Regular labour inspections are crucial in this respect and need adequate resources at all times so as to play their role fully.
6Solidarity action to improve social safety nets, re-skilling and the mobility of workers is no longer the exclusive responsibility of governments. Modernising a social contract in society requires a stronger partnership with the private sector and civil society to uphold the decent work agenda. The Assembly calls for the strengthening of corporate social responsibility and ethics, in particular concerning the relationship of enterprises with sub-contractors and their sourcing policies in third countries where the risks of exploitation of workers are substantial.
7With a view to preserving social peace and justice through “more and better jobs”, the Assembly recommends that member States:
7.1consolidate national strategies for securing decent work conditions for their entire population and promote intra-European convergence in this area;
7.2ensure that work-related rights, conditions and protection, as well as binding social and environmental clauses with accompanying control mechanisms, are systematically built into bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements and into the new sustainable development framework replacing MDGs after 2015;

09 April 2014

Tabled by Sir Christopher CHOPE, Lord Alexander DUNDEE, Sir Roger GALE, Mr Robert WALTER, Mr Morten WOLD

Votes: 4 in favor 35 against 4 abstentions

In the draft resolution, delete paragraph 7.2.

In the draft resolution, after paragraph 7.2, insert the following paragraph:

"provide young people with special protection. Regarding the catastrophic situation of young people in Europe, the Assembly recommends more investments in infrastructure and non-profit sectors to ensure not only a professional education but also more working places for the population under 25;"

7.3guarantee coherent implementation of global core labour norms and relevant provisions of the European Social Charter, in particular those concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining, fair remuneration and social coverage, non-discrimination and employment services, protection of minors and healthy and a safe work environment;
7.4adhere to the European Social Charter’s collective complaints procedure, if they have not yet done so;

09 April 2014

Tabled by Sir Christopher CHOPE, Lord Alexander DUNDEE, Sir Roger GALE, Mr Robert WALTER, Mr Morten WOLD

Votes: 4 in favor 37 against 2 abstentions

In the draft resolution, delete paragraph 7.4.

7.5use contacts with employers’ associations with a view to enhancing corporate commitments to social dialogue, job creation, preservation and sharing, adequate remuneration of capital and labour, healthy workplace organisation and skills development;

In the draft resolution, after paragraph 7.5, insert the following paragraph:

"use contacts with labour unions and create a dialogue to understand their demands and to ensure workers' participation in the discussion about their rights;"

7.6ensure a regulatory level-playing field for small, medium and large enterprises, promote fair competition through national taxation instruments and reinforce measures against tax avoidance;
7.7secure national minimum wage and social protection floors at a level that corresponds to domestic development needs;

In the draft resolution, paragraph 7.7, delete the words "at a level that corresponds to domestic development needs".

7.8facilitate the mission of labour inspectorates and dialogue between social partners to tackle irregular employment and abuses in working conditions (notably as regards minimum and maximum working hours, workplace safety and special protection for vulnerable population groups);
7.9use the funding and project opportunities available through the Council of Europe Development Bank for targeted support to improving employment offers for young people, minorities and the disabled;
7.10put in place new communication channels (including social media and networks) for reporting abuses of labour norms to public authorities;
7.11provide for safeguards and tough sanctions against irregular employment and improve contractual social guarantees for posted, young, migrant and domestic workers.
7.12eliminate the pay gap between women and men.

In the draft resolution, after paragraph 7.12, insert the following paragraph:

"address effectively youth unemployment and especially the NEET category, by making interventions in the labour market and education through education and employment programmes".