Tuesday March 5 will see a CESI conference on ‘Precarious work and lack of access to social rights: The particular case of fixed-term contracts’. Registration to the event, which will be held in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), is now open.


Precarious work and lack of access to social rights:
The particular case of fixed-term contracts

Tuesday, March 5 2019 – 10.00 to 15.00
Light lunch 12.00-13.30

European Economic and Social Committee (room VMA 3), Rue van Maerlant 2, 1000 Brussels

The current initiatives under the Pillar of Social Rights show an increased determination to fight precarious work and improve access to social rights. In particular, the recent proposals on access to social protection, transparent and predictable working conditions and better work-life balance point undoubtedly into the right direction.
However, more reflection is needed to fully understand the link between precarious work and the lack of access to employment protection and labour law, interest representation and social protection. Many workers find themselves in a catch-22 situation, accepting any kind of atypical form of employment in order to avoid the downsides of unemployment, yet risking to end up having even less access to social rights by choosing this ‘compromise’.
The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invite you to a stimulating discussion on the impact of precarious work on access to social rights.
The event also aims at responding in particular to the concerns of various trade union representatives from all over Europe faced with the particularity of precariousness at work in the form of (repeated) fixed-term contracts.


Register for the event here

 Opening 10.00

Romain Wolff, President, CESI

Marie Lagarrigue, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit EMPL.B2., Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Javi López, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, ES)

Franz Eiffe, Researcher, Eurofound

10.30-12.30 – Panel 1

The link between precarious work and the absence of social rights: Type of gaps and interplays

Christian Moos, Divisional Director of European and International Affairs, German Federation of Civil Servants (DBB, DE), Member of the EESC

Lucie Davoine, Policy Officer, European Commission

Laura AgeaMember of the European Parliament (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group, IT)

Matthäus Fandrejewski, CESI Youth Representative

Closing remarks panel 1

Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

12.30-13.30 – Light lunch & coffee break

13.30-15.00 – Panel 2
Concrete proposals for improving protection, security and social and economic stability 

Franca Salis Madinier, Member of the Workers’ Group, EESC

Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament, (S&D, IT)

Javier Jordan de Urries Sagarna, Independent Trade Union of Civil Servants (CSIF, ES)

Marcello Pacifico, President of the Professional Trade Union Association (ANIEF, IT)

Klaus Heeger, Secretary General, CESI

Pierre Baussand, Head of the Brussels Liaison Office, Eurofound 

Klaus Heeger, Secretary General, CESI

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What is the
project about ?

The project addresses the growing issue of precarious work across Europe, examining it from different perspectives policies, politics, research, and, most importantly, social actors representing workers and structuring it along 4 types of actions :

Awareness raising

Expertise & capacity building

Representation of workers before national and European instances

Advocacy at the EU & national levels


This project is mainly financed by funds from the European Union


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