European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights sets the basis and framework for a fairer and more inclusive Europe.

In the words of President Juncker in his proclamation on November 17, 2018, with this Pillar, "the European Union is committed to the rights of its citizens in a world that changes at great speed." From the learning throughout the life the balance between the professional and personal life; and from gender equality to the minimum wage, these twenty articles contemplate the fundamental aspects that guarantee dignified and inclusive attention.

Although the declaration took place already in November, its importance could not go unnoticed for our collective:

Article 17 - Inclusion of people with disabilities

People with disabilities have the right to income assistance that guarantees a decent life, services that allow them to participate in the labor market and in society and a work environment adapted to their needs.

Although article 17 speaks specifically of persons with disabilities and their inclusion, all others are fundamental to our lives. The respect we demand, the consideration of the different aspects that influence our well-being and that of anyone, are included in this Pillar of Rights, which should be referred to as a frame of reference for our struggle and our conscience as citizens with rights.

We congratulate ourselves on this Declaration of Social Rights of the European Union and we hope that in the different member countries the necessary actions will be carried out so that they are fulfilled. Because the European Union proposes, respecting the competences of states and the diversity of circumstances, this pillar as a frame of reference, but it is up to governments and institutions to carry out effective policies and legislate to make it a reality.

We urge you to read the document in full because it talks about us, real people: European Pillar of Social Rights.


1. Education, training and lifelong learning
Everyone has the right to quality inclusive education, training and lifelong learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that allow them to participate fully in society and successfully manage transitions in the labor market.

2. Gender equality
Equality of treatment and opportunities between women and men must be guaranteed and encouraged in all areas, including in terms of participation in the labor market, working and employment conditions and career.

Women and men have the right to equal pay for equivalent work.

3. Equality of opportunities
Regardless of their sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, everyone has the right to equal treatment and opportunities in relation to employment, social protection, education and access to goods and services available to the public. Equal opportunities of under-represented groups should be encouraged.

4. Active support for employment
Everyone has the right to receive personalized and timely assistance in order to improve their job prospects or self-employment. This includes the right to receive help for job search, training and recycling. Everyone has the right to transfer social protection and the right to training during professional transitions.

Young people have the right to continuous education, training as apprentices, a period of internships or a good quality job offer in the four months after becoming unemployed or finishing their studies.

Unemployed persons have the right to receive personalized, continuous and adequate assistance. The long-term unemployed are entitled to a detailed individual assessment no later than eighteen months of unemployment.

5. Safe and adaptable employment
Regardless of the type and duration of the employment relationship, workers have the right to fair and equitable treatment in terms of working conditions, access to social protection and training. The transition to forms of employment for an indefinite period should be encouraged.

In accordance with legislation and collective agreements, the flexibility necessary for entrepreneurs to adapt quickly to changes in the economic context must be guaranteed.

Innovative forms of work that guarantee quality working conditions should be promoted. Entrepreneurship and self-employment should be encouraged and professional mobility facilitated.

Labor relations that give rise to precarious working conditions should be avoided, in particular prohibiting the abusive use of atypical contracts. The trial periods must have a reasonable duration.

6. Salaries
Workers are entitled to fair wages that provide a decent standard of living.

An adequate minimum wage must be guaranteed to meet the needs of the worker and his or her family based on economic and social conditions, while at the same time safeguarding access to employment and incentives to seek work. The poverty of the employed must be avoided.

All salaries should be set in a transparent and predictable manner, in accordance with national practices and respecting the autonomy of the social partners.

7. Information on working conditions and protection in case of dismissal
Workers have the right to be informed in writing at the beginning of employment of their rights and obligations arising from the employment relationship, including during the trial period.

Before proceeding with a dismissal, workers have the right to be informed of the reasons for dismissal and to be granted a reasonable period of notice. They have the right to access effective and impartial dispute resolution and, in the case of unjustified dismissal, they have the right to redress, including adequate compensation.

8. Social dialogue and participation of workers
The social partners should be consulted on the design and application of social, economic and employment policies, in accordance with national practices. They should be encouraged to negotiate and conclude collective agreements in matters of their concern, respecting their autonomy and their right to collective action. Where appropriate, agreements concluded between the social partners should be implemented at the level of the Union and its Member States.

Workers or their representatives have the right to be informed and consulted in a timely manner on matters of interest to them, in particular on the transfer, restructuring and merger of companies and on collective dismissals.

Support should be encouraged to increase the capacity of the social partners to promote social dialogue.

9. Balance between professional life and private life
Parents and people with care responsibilities have the right to adequate permits, flexible working conditions and assistance services. Women and men should have equal access to special permits to fulfill their care responsibilities and should be encouraged to use them in a balanced way.

10. Healthy, safe and adapted work environment and data protection
Workers have the right to a high level of protection of health and safety at work.

Workers have the right to a work environment adapted to their professional needs and which allows them to prolong their participation in the labor market.

Workers have the right to the protection of their personal data in the context of employment.

11. Assistance and support for children
Children have the right to enjoy affordable and good quality education and assistance for children.

Children have the right to protection against poverty. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are entitled to specific measures designed to promote equal opportunities.

12. Social protection
Regardless of the type and duration of their employment relationship, employees and, under comparable conditions, self-employed workers, have the right to adequate social protection.

13. Unemployment benefits
The unemployed are entitled to adequate aid for activation by the public employment services to (re) integrate into the labor market and to adequate unemployment benefits of reasonable duration, in line with their own contributions and the national award criteria. These benefits should not discourage a quick return to work.

14. Minimum income
Any person lacking sufficient resources is entitled to adequate minimum income benefits that guarantee a dignified life throughout all stages of life, as well as access to training goods and services. For people who can work, minimum income benefits must be combined with incentives for (re) integration in the labor market.

15. Pensions and old-age benefits
Employees and self-employed workers have the right to receive a retirement pension commensurate with their contributions that guarantees an adequate income. Women and men should have the same opportunities to acquire pension rights.

Everyone has the right to the resources that guarantee a dignified life in old age.

16. Health
Everyone has the right to timely access to affordable health care, of a preventive and curative nature and of good quality.

17. Inclusion of people with disabilities
People with disabilities are entitled to income assistance