EIFORPHS project is a European project funded by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on the Budget line: 04.03 01 06. It started in December 2016 and will last until May 2018. The Project main goal is to enhance Information, Consultation and Participation Rights of EMPLOYEES working in Personal care and Household Services enterprises. To achieve this objective the project intends to develop a Survey focusing on 5 Countries: Italy, Spain, Slovenija, Greece and France and aiming at identify BUSINESS MODELS AND GOVERNANCE APPROACHES that ensure the effective involvement of employees in the management of PHS enterprises.

EIFORPHS project intends to:

  • Foster awareness among employers and employees on ICP of workers’ rights;
  • Create a transnational network encompassing representatives of national and european trade unions; representatives of national and European cooperative associations; worker representatives of national entities (e.g. SMEs, COOPs), representatives of local, regional, national and European institutions; representatives of civil society; experts and local authorities;
  • Highlight the relation between better terms and conditions of work and higher quality of services delivered;
  • Share knowledges on how public policies can influence the quality of working conditions in PHS sector;
  • Contribute to the advancement of policies and legislation in the area of household and personal care services.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • to establish an analytical grid to investigate the current situation on ICP of workers’ RIGHTS in the focus Contries through the analysis of:
    1. TYPES OF ACTORS IN THE PHS MARKET (OFFER SIDE)
    2. BINDING/VOLUNTARY RULES ABOUT THE WORKERS’ INVOLVEMENT
    3. TYPES OF ACTORS IN THE PHS MARKET (DEMAND SIDE)
    4. RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE PHS’ DEMAND SIDE
  • to involve qualified stakeholders operating at national level to identify and present relevant local practices;
  • to establish a mapping in the 5 countries based on the analytical grid (Italy, Spain, Slovenija, Greece and France);
  • to publish a Study, collecting:

a) state-of-the-art about EU Directive Implementation and impact at country level in the PHS sector(s) with a special attention to sensitive target groups - such as women, migrants, people with disabilities;
b) analysis of successful PHS business models in selected countries;
c) comparative analysis between SMEs and COOPs approach to the IPC workers’ rights;
d) identification, collection, analysis and assessment of best practices;
e) Policy Recommendation on the topic;

  • to disseminate project results (analysis carried out; Policy Recommendations, project’s news and newsletter) through workshops and the creation of the project website;
  • to set up an experienced team group committed to the exchange of information and knowledge on ICP workers’ rights on PHS that will be active even once the project’s lifetime will expire;
  • to share knowledge of classified relevant practices not only as part of the Study but also as a guide for further analysis, especially in terms of methodology and criteria applied.