01 #PortoAgenda
01 Making social rights a reality
Unfair situation

With inequalities worsening every day and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic hitting jobs and livelihoods, people can no longer wait for change. In 2000, key economic targets were built into the EU’s governance process with the ‘Lisbon Agenda’, but little progress was achieved for social rights. The 2017 European Pillar of Social Rights laid down 20 principles, but they are still largely waiting to be applied – in the meantime, for many workers in Europe life is getting worse. 

01 #PortoAgenda
01 Making social rights a reality
Fair situation

We want targets – with teeth – to make social rights a reality for all Europeans. In our Porto Agenda – an ambitious plan to make the EU’s Europe 2030 strategy sustainable, fair and inclusive – we are demanding binding targets for reducing the inequalities in our societies. Reaching clear goals for improving social issues must be legally enforceable, with a new approach to overseeing how EU countries work towards these targets and indicators to measure them, as well as the funding and investment to make it happen. We want each state, the Commission and Parliament to sign up to the #PortoAgenda, committing to these goals.

02 #MinimumWages
02 Guaranteeing living wages for all Europeans
Unfair situation

Too many Europeans – one in six employees – slave away for wages too low to make ends meet. Even working full time, they can’t pay for their rent, food and clothing. These include the millions of workers who have kept our societies afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, risking their health and even their lives: the nurses caring for the sick, the farm workers, delivery drivers and shop workers maintaining essential supplies, the childcare staff, care workers, refuse collectors and cleaners. Essential, but undervalued, underpaid – and with no job security from one day to the next.

02 #MinimumWages
02 Guaranteeing living wages for all Europeans
Fair situation

It is time to turn our words of thanks for our Covid-19 heroes into decent wages. We need a strategy to bring in national minimum wages and guarantee a living wage for all Europeans. We want every European worker to be covered, either through a statutory minimum wage or a collective bargaining agreement to ensure they receive a decent wage. Minimum wages protect employees, strengthen social partnerships and stabilise incomes, especially in times of crisis. We’re fighting for everyone’s right to bring home a decent wage.

03 #FairDigitalWork
03 Protecting workers, online and offline
Unfair situation

Smartphones are very convenient – we can listen to music, chat with friends, read the news. They change the way we live and work. Not always in a good way, however. Workers in the gig economy, from Uber taxis and delivery drivers to healthcare workers, still do not have the same rights. With uncertain incomes and with no social insurance, the benefits go to the platform and the downsides all go to the worker.

With home working on the rise, we are always connected, always reachable.  The pressure to be always available is growing for many employees, with more unpaid work, stress and burn out.

03 #FairDigitalWork
03 Protecting workers, online and offline
Fair situation

Everyone deserves a decent contract, with the legal assumption that all platform workers have rights as employees unless online platforms can prove that they are not acting as employers. This has to be at the core of a new EU law on fair platform work. Then we can guarantee that all workers can earn a decent income and get social insurance. Online or offline, workers should have fair conditions!

We want the right to disconnect written into the law so that you only have to work during the hours in your contract and when you are paid for it. We must stop work invading our private lives. We all need undisturbed rest time to recover from work and see our friends and families. Everyone should be able to shut the virtual office door and switch off.

04 #YouthGuarantee
04 Defending young people’s rights
Unfair situation

Too many young people are trapped in a vicious circle of unpaid internships, unemployment and insecure jobs. Now, with the Covid-19 economic crisis hitting people hard, there are new obstacles in the way for young people looking for work and the danger of exploitation is very real. The best-educated generation Europe has ever had is in danger of becoming a lost generation.

04 #YouthGuarantee
04 Defending young people’s rights
Fair situation

By 2030, we can cut youth unemployment in Europe by at least 50%! The Youth Guarantee, pushed through by Socialists and Democrats after the last economic crisis, has helped more than 10 million young people into jobs. A success story we are proud of and a good tool we can adapt to the new challenges. Now we need to step up, with investment to create quality jobs and a ban on unpaid internships, which exploit young people and violate their rights. It’s time to put youth rights at the top of the EU’s agenda.

05 #EndPoverty
05 Leaving no one behind
Unfair situation

Today, 113 million Europeans are at risk of falling into poverty or social exclusion. Among them are 23 million children – one in four children – a shameful figure for one of the world’s wealthiest regions! Seeing children going hungry is simply heartbreaking, but to make things worse, we know that child poverty leads to even more problems later in life: unemployment, health problems and dying younger. Poverty breeds poverty, snatching away chances even from earliest childhood.

05 #EndPoverty
05 Leaving no one behind
Fair situation

We are fighting to end poverty. You may think we are dreamers, but together we can do it. Halving poverty by 2030 is within our reach. With the Child Guarantee we want to ensure that every child can go to a good school and have access to healthcare, healthy food and a roof over their head. No one must be left behind. Together we can invest in people, take care of the most vulnerable and give everyone the opportunities they need.