#IwantWorkLifeBalance: Join the movement!

Families struggle to cope with their multiple responsibilities and thus helping them reconcile their work, family, care and private lives is fundamental. The #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign was launched to shore up citizen support for the EU Work Life Balance Directive as a first channel to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and make a real contribution to achieving more gender equality in Europe.

The proposed Directive is an essential driver for women to be able to enter and stay in the labour market but also to promote more gender equality at all levels, from inside the family to employment and the broader society. This will help break the stereotypes of what is a “man’s or woman’s job” both in the family and in the labour market and it will improve the sharing of family, house and care responsibilities. Penguins are an integral part of the campaign since they are natural examples of sharing of responsibilities in parenting!

The #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign started in October and it will end with the adoption of the Work Life Balance Directive.

We invite everyone to join the #IwantWorkLifeBalance Social Media campaign. Feel free to tweet, retweet or share our messages and your own messages using the #IwantWorkLifeBalance hashtag.

You can find more information and promotional material below.

See also our campaign update October 2017


Legislation has a direct impact on people’s lives and every detail must be thought through. This is why proposing and approving a new piece of legislation, a new law, is a long process. However, sometimes, processes can be extended for no valid reasons or excuses to avoid to take a decision. We do not want this to happen to the proposed Work Life Balance Directive.

Since 2012 we have closely worked with the EU institutions, social partners and civil society to bring the discussion on work life balance to the top of the EU Agenda. Families struggle to cope with their multiple responsibilities and thus helping them reconcile their work, family, care and private lives is fundamental. This is an essential driver for women to be able to enter and stay in the labour market but also to promote more gender equality at all levels, from inside the family to employment and the broader society. This will help in breaking the stereotypes of what is a “man’s or woman’s job” both in the family and in the labour market and it will improve the sharing of family, house and care responsibilities.

To achieve this, we campaigned (1), produced policy recommendations (2) and a position paper (3). We brought the voices of EU citizens straight to the institutions (4) and in the end we succeeded: the European Commission proposed a Work-Life Balance directive (5) on 26 April 2017. We assessed the Directive (6) and the text met our expectations: it would significantly improve the lives of families across the EU. This is why we want this text to be swiftly adopted by the European Parliament and Council of the EU (i.e. the 27 national governments).

Currently, the Council has started discussing the text but there is no public document to assess their position and the European Parliament has not yet included the Directive into its calendar. We cannot lose time – we want the discussion between Commission, Parliament and Council to start now so that the text can be approved by the end of 2018 and avoid being postponed the elections period, where things get lost and forgotten.

This is why we started the #IwantWorkLifeBalance campaign. It will run from today until the Directive is approved. Join us, because before it is law, it is nothing!

(1) Blog of the 2012-2014 campaign
(2) European Reconciliation Package (2015)
(3) Families on the edge: building a comprehensive European WorkLife balance reality (2017)
(4) Joint press release (2016)
(5) EU Work Life Balance Package (2017)
(6) Assessment EU Work Life Balance Package (2017)

If you want to support this campaign, we invite you to share these messages on Social Media using the #IwantWorkLifeBalance hashtag:

Childbirth is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Allow fathers to be part of it. Pass 10 days paid EU Paternity leave around the childbirth #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Mothers need their partners after delivery. Make paternity leave a right for all in the EU #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Fathers want to be more present for their kids. Allow them to do so. Approve the #wlbDirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance Many parents do not take parental leave because the family cannot afford unpaid leaves. Pass the #wlbDirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Pass the #wlbDirective with paid and non-transferable leaves for all mothers and fathers #IwantWorkLifeBalance Unpaid or poorly paid parental leave is for the wealthy only, adequately paid parental leave is for all. Stop discrimination. Approve the #wlbDirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

80% of care is provided by family and informal carers, because of the lack of a specific leave and community-based services. This is not sustainable. Start acting now, say yes to EU carers leave #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Women 50+ are leaving employment to care for their ageing parents and end up earning up to 40% less in pension than men. Prevent this. Approve the #WLBdirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance
Ageing population and shrinking workforce? Help women to enter and stay in employment, say yes to flexible working arrangements and #wlbDirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

#IwantWorkLifeBalance at #EU level because I want a real European labour market, with the same rights everywhere
Parents alone cannot cope with work, family, care. #IwantWorkLifeBalance to reduce parental burn-out and stress Allowing parents and carers to better reconcile work and family life will reduce health related expenditure for EU countries #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Paying leaves and providing flexible working for parents and carers is an investment,  it will help women to enter and stay at work #IwantWorkLifeBalance

 

Fewer children are born in the EU? Help families choose if, when and how many children to have: pass the #wlbDirective #IwantWorkLifeBalance

Do you know why we use penguins on this campaign?

Because penguins are natural examples of sharing of responsibilities in parenting!

The logo of the #IwantWorkLifeBalance is the Emperor penguin. We use it on our campaign materials because it represents gender equality and sharing of responsibilities in parenting.

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