Published on 26th April 2017
The European Commission is taking a further step in moving towards a European Pillar of Social Rights, by presenting the first legislative and policy initiatives in this framework.
For Denis Pennel, Managing Director at the World Employment Confederation-Europe, the voice of the employment industry at European level, putting people to work and fostering job creation through national labour market reforms are key to ensuring social protection. Overhauling social systems to deliver a greater portability of rights is also essential if our social protections are to keep pace with the changing world of work. With the days of a ‘job for life’ long gone, today’s workers will experience a range of different work contracts and their entitlements to pension, sick pay, holiday pay etc must reside with them and be portable throughout their working lives.
The employment industry is a work enabler and while its EU regulation is largely appropriate it needs to be better enforced in order that the sector can play its role in job creation.