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“GENDERWISE” Project Presentation Brussels Nov/Dec/2006. REGIONAL AGREEMENT FOR RECONCILING PROFESSIONAL, FAMILY AND PRIVATE LIFE, 2006-2010. CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO. A new social need.

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Genderwise project presentation brussels nov dec 2006

“GENDERWISE” Project Presentation Brussels Nov/Dec/2006

REGIONAL AGREEMENT FOR RECONCILING PROFESSIONAL, FAMILY AND PRIVATE LIFE, 2006-2010.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new social need

A new social need

  • Women have shouldered professional responsibilities without relinquishing family and domestic responsibilities. 92.2% of women devote 4h 45 min. a day and 69.6% of men devote 2h 4 min. a day to household tasks

  • 98.24% of women make use of maternity leave, Only 1.52% of men make use of paternity leave.

  • Women wait longer before having their first child

  • Women encounter invisible barriers to employment and a professional career. 15% of women feel discriminated against.

  • The idea has taken root that balancing family and professional responsibilities is something intrinsically feminine and this prejudice undermines women’s equal position in the workplace

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


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A new social need

Figure 1.- Trends in women’s working, employment and unemployment rates in Castilla-La Mancha in the period 1996-2004 (source: Working Population Survey, Spanish Statistics Institute)

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new social need2

A new social need

  • On average, annual wages in Spain for women are 29% lower than for men.

  • In Castilla-La Mancha, average annual wages for women are 24% lower than for men

  • 5.4% of women stopped working in 2004 for family reasons.

  • Of the men, none did.

  • 56% of working men leave looking after the children to their wives.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new social need3

A new social need

Spain has the lowest birth rate in the EU

  • Figure 3.- Overall birth rate trends in Castilla-La Mancha , Source: Survey on Natural Population Movements, Spanish Statistics Institute

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new social need4

A new social need

  • A working and family context characterised by:

    • Women’s massive and ongoing entry into the labour market

    • Persisting obstacles to a completely equal market

    • Imbalance in the share out of domestic tasks between men and women

    • Ongoing ageing of the population

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new field for public intervention

A new field for public intervention

  • Exhaustion of the intergenerational solidarity model as a solution to social demand.

  • Pro-employment Agreement 2004-2007

  • Development and Competitiveness Pact 2005-2010

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


A new concept of flexibility rationalisation of working hours

A new concept of flexibility: rationalisation of working hours.

  • Spain is the country with the highest number of hours worked, although productivity levels are low.

    Average hours worked in Spain 1,744, United Kingdom 1,668, Italy and Sweden 1,585, France 1,520 and Holland 1,357

  • Our region has the least flexible working hours.

    28.6% of job-holders in Castilla-La Mancha say they cannot change, for family reasons, the times they start and end their working day.

  • Working hours correspond to traditional models in the distribution of tasks between public and private life.

  • Excessively long working hours pose difficulties as regards reconciliation, children’s schooling, the birth rate and occupational risk prevention.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Special attention to diversity

Special attention to diversity

  • Reconciliation policies are, at the same time, policies that support business enterprise and the family.

  • Public interventions in the realm of reconciliation should be the outcome of social agreement and public-private cooperation.

  • They should be respectful of business diversity: size, sectors and sphere of competition.

  • They should be aware of and cater for the new make-up of households.

  • They should pay special attention to single-parent families (approx. 8% of families)

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CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Diagnosis

Diagnosis

A true reconciliation of family and professional responsibilities would call for changes to take place and be consolidated in:

  • Rationalising working hours.

  • New, agreed work-organisation models

  • Availability of resources and services

  • Equal share-out of tasks between men and women

    Public intervention should of necessity:

  • Give impetus to and promote debates and cultural changes in households and businesses

  • Help bring about a change in families and businesses.

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CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Basic agreements

Basic agreements

Reconciliation policies:

  • Should foster flexibility in the organisation of business enterprise.

  • Should contribute towards enhancing quality in employment

  • The measures in this Plan are addressed to people working in the private sector

  • This Agreement contains the Regional Department of Labour and Employment’s own measures.

  • Should encourage working and employment, not unemployment.

  • Should revolve around free negotiation by and the autonomy of the parties.

  • Will underpin the shaping of ESF policies in Castilla-La Mancha in the period 2007-2013.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Goals

Goals

  • To reconciliate the right to employment with family responsibilities.

  • To foster employment among women.

  • To foster the creation and consolidation of new jobs and new businesses.

  • To help firms in Castilla-La Mancha to voluntarily establish flexible strategies in the organisation of the work.

  • To increase the competitiveness of firms in Castilla-La Mancha, in particular SMEs, in an economy based increasingly more on the value of human capital, knowledge and innovation.

  • To promote changes in society’s perception of the distribution of tasksamong men and women

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


I grants to promote reconciliation in business enterprise

I.- Grants to promote reconciliation in Business Enterprise

  • Grants for substitution contracts, hiring unemployed female workers with the possibility of doing so up to 3 months before the vacancy arises.

  • Grants for self-employed, non-employer female workers, to make real the right to a minimum of 16 weeks’ maternity leave

  • Grants to women with family burdens to start up their own business as self-employed workers.

  • Incentives for women workers with family responsibilities to rise in rank or be promoted.

  • Grants for the creation of jobs for and/or companies providing services related to reconciliation.

  • Promotion of the drawing up of Reconciliation Plans in businesses.

  • Grants for devising or implementing Reconciliation Schemes

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Ii grants to workers for reconciliation

II.- Grants to Workers for reconciliation

  • Grants to cover the costs of caring for children or dependent persons, single-parent families or families with two working parents and gross earnings of under 36,000 euros a year.

  • Grants for workers asking for a shorter working day or to take leave to care for children or dependent persons.

  • Grants for unemployed female workers actively seeking employment, towards the cost of caring for children or dependent persons.

  • Grants for duly justified and out-of-the-ordinary absence from work.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Iii training information and awareness raising

III.- Training, Information and Awareness-raising

  • Training actions in equality and reconciliation, aimed at senior management, civil servants, trade union representatives and persons in charge of HR.

  • Preparation and dissemination of a Good Practices Guide.

  • Collaboration with universities and training centres to provide training on the subject of reconciliation.

  • Communication campaigns to promote cultural changes in businesses and households.

  • Website: “Pro-reconciliation firms in Castilla-La Mancha”.

  • Slogan: “Firms pledged to equality”.

  • Prize “Firm of the Year for Equality and Reconciliation”

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


Implementing the agreement

Implementing the Agreement.

  • The measures proposed are the basis of ESF programming for the period 2007-2013

  • After two years’ intervention, in 2008, the measures in the Agreement will be assessed and redefined.

  • The Board of Directors of the SEPECAM will be responsible for monitoring and coordinating the Agreement.

  • Create in the SEPECAM the position of provincial and regional head of the Agreement for Reconciliation.

CONSEJERÍA DE TRABAJO Y EMPLEO


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