On 17th April, the Social Employers together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), sent a joint letter to Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights and to Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health to call to action on COVID-19.
Following the Joint Statement of March 24th on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on social services and needed support measures, the Social Employers and EPSU sent this joint letter to call to action to tackle the lack of protective equipment for some of the most exposed workers; the 11 million social services workers all across Europe who have a limited access to personal protective equipment, because they are often not considered a priority by authorities.
Due to this situation, the Social employers and EPSU urge the European Commission to develop the awareness in all Member States that social care and support is also key to face the outbreak and has to be prioritised. Relevant measures have to be taken to protect staff and beneficiaries, providing them with personal protective equipment and tests in residential settings, at least when a case has been identified, in order to protect the residents and the staff of contamination.
Have access to the Joint Letter.