European Trade Unions and disability movement: together for more inclusive labour market

21 Mar 2011

Trade unions and organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), on the 10 and 11 March 2011, gathered in Brussels for a joint conference, while the EUCompetitiveness Council was held. European citizens face several difficulties, especially when access to quality employment is at stake. To avoid that social issues are not sacrificed to the imperatives of the economy, the organisations believe that it is necessary to develop a strong riposte. Meeting the target of 75% of employment rate by 2020 requires taking into account persons with disabilities, who represent 15% of the working population of the EU. The framework agreement for the inclusive labour markets, signed by the European social partners on 25 March 2010, resulted to be a key instrument to achieve the targets of the EU 2020 Strategy.

Congress was represented by Chair of the Congress Disability Committee, Deirdre O'Connor. Read her report here.