Access to employment in conditions of freedom, equity, security
and dignity is paramount for individual and collective well-being.
Although international and European law obliges States to protect
the right to work and rights at work, making decent work a reality
for all remains an uphill battle. Global and intra-European asymmetries
have eroded labour rights, job security and quality employment prospects
for millions of people, notably for young people and migrants, as
well as the “working poor”.
The report highlights the need for more co-operation and solidarity
from the international community to promote a decent work agenda
under the new sustainable development framework beyond 2015 and
multilateral or bilateral trade agreements. European States are
called on to improve the consistency of national measures towards
fulfilling their international commitments and harmonising European
social standards. Special efforts are needed to ensure occupational
safety and to effectively enforce a ban on child labour under the
age of 15, in line with the European Social Charter and through
more regular labour inspections.
Governments’ partnership with the private sector and civil
society should help modernise a social contract in society and enhance
corporate social responsibility, notably concerning activities in
countries where the risk of social dumping and exploitation is high.