Cuts in public service jobs and wages - what does it mean for women?

12 Aug 2010

"How do the EU-wide imposed austerity plans affect women?" This is the question EPSU has raised with several members of the European Commission in an open letter. If there are negative impacts EPSU wants to know what the Commission will do about them? On behalf of 8 million public service workers, 68% of whom are women, 7 questions are posed to EU Commissioners Reding, Andor and Rehn, charged with Fundamental Human Rights, including gender equality, Employment and Economic and Financial affairs respectively. EPSU's starting point is that EU-wide austerity measures, as a policy option to reduce public deficits, will, in addition to reducing jobs and growth, impact disproportionately on women who make up a large part of the public sector workforce.