Eurowatch: employment rights for the disabled

first_img Comments are closed. Eurowatch: employment rights for the disabledOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The mainstreaming of disabilityissues in all policy formation is a key recommendation of the report, Towards abarrier-free Europe for people with disabilities. The promotion of anon-discrimination culture was also strongly emphasised, and the report hasalready been adopted by the European Parliament’s Employment and Social AffairsCommittee. It will be put to the vote of the plenary session in Strasbourg thismonth.Thirty-seven millionEuropeans are affected by disability and unemployment is almost three timeshigher than average.Target areas foraction are:– Equal treatment –beyond employment– Financial – supportto enable people with disabilities to participate in all community programmes– Action plan – toinvolve them in the information society– Evaluation ofresearch already carried outA note of interest:2003 has been named Year of the Disabled Citizen.Campaign targets worksafetyThe Bilbao-basedEuropean Agency for Safety and Health at Work has announced an informationcampaign, designed to cut the number of work-related accidents, to run untilOctober 2001. The end of the campaign will be marked by the European Week ofSafety and Health at Work, with the message that most accidents can beprevented by good management practice and adherence to existing Europeandirectives on safety at work.A good practice awardscheme will recognise innovative practical solutions for the prevention ofaccidents at work. There is a comprehensive information pack available in 11languages and a multilingual website: http://osha.eu.int/ew2001Strategy to free-uplabour A two-stage commissionstrategy to free up labour markets was proposed to the Stockholm Summit inMarch.Concentrating onskills, mobility, information and transparency, the strategy is in keeping withemployers’ concerns on skills barriers and the skills gap, addressing issuessuch as recognition of professional qualifications, proficiencies acquired atwork and lifelong learning.Action includes acomprehensive strategy to remove barriers to services. There will be acommunication on obstacles caused by tax systems to the cross-border provisionof supplementary pensions. The challenge to themobility of particular groups, such as researchers, students, trainers andteachers as well as migrant workers and third-country nationals are all cited.Action to look out foris a one-stop European Mobility Information site and a Mobility InformationCampaign. There will also be a high-level skills and mobility taskforce set upas stage two of the strategy with a 2002 Action Plan being launched.Date to note: 17 May 2001 – Brussels, theEuropean Human Resources Network meets European Commission DGV to discussEuropean competition policy and employment.The workshop willexamine corporate diversity with emphasis on career planning and progression.By Susan Gibas secretary general ofthe European Human Resource Network, a cross-sectoral information network forEuropean employers and HR strategists dealing with issues of employment and thelabour market in Europe. Contact [email protected]last_img read more

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