I voted in favour of the Resolution on Responding to petitions on tackling precariousness and the abusive use of fixed-term contracts. Women are more likely to work part-time or on time-limited or low-wage contracts and are therefore more at risk of precariousness resulting from discrimination in the labour market, and this is slowing down progress in combating and eliminating the gender pay and pension gaps. The Parliament understands precarious employment to mean employment which arises from, among other things, an abusive use of temporary employment contracts in violation of international standards on working conditions, labour rights and EU law; underlines that precarious employment implies higher exposure to socio-economic vulnerability, insufficient resources for a decent life and inadequate social protection. It is important to make a distinction between atypical work and the existence of precarious employment; stresses that the terms ‘atypical’ and ‘precarious’ cannot be used synonymously. The Parliament urges the Commission to take immediate action in its legislation to effectively address the employment practices leading to precariousness.