News01 2018 UpdateWLB

Update on COFACE actions on Work Life Balance – January 2018

After a relaxing break where our attention was on the “life” part of Work-Life Balance, we came back ready to keep up the fight in this year that could finally see the Work- Life Balance Directive become EU Law.

The Bulgarian Presidency has very high ambitions for this Directive and aims to advance and achieve some positive progress already in next couple of months. We applaud this commitment and we will make sure to provide all necessary support for a positive outcome.

January is also the last month before the European Parliament starts discussing the content of the file and an initial presentation has been held in the EMPL Committee on 23 January (watch it here).

On the research front, one important report has been released and at least one event organized this month:

EuroFound: European Quality of Life Survey with a full chapter on Work-Life Balance and Care, with extremely telling data: more and more workers, especially women, report having difficulties in reconciling their work with family and care in 2016 compared to a decade ago. Another proof that jobs precarisation and instability combined with a strong economic crisis has hit families hard. Read more 

CEPS and EuroFound organised an event on “Policies for an ageing workforce: Work-life balance, working conditions and equal opportunities” on 24 January 2018. Link to the event

Read more about the #IwantWorkLifebalance campaign