Fostering work-life balance for precarious workers: culture and social protection systems in comparative perspective

In this report, we study how, since the 2008-2013 crisis, main Work Life Balance (WLB) polices, in interplay with social protection and labour market regulations can help precarious workers to combine work, family and personal life. We focus on access to Early Care and Education for children under 3 years of age (ECEC), paid leave, child and family benefits, the evolution of main gender gaps, and working-time autonomy. In line with EUROSHIP’s capabilities perspective, we discuss to what extent WLB realities and entitlements improve the opportunities to make meaningful choices for workers at the intersection of various dimensions of inequality (gender, class, migratory background, age).