EPSU calls on EP to reject ISDS in plenary vote on TTIP
10 June

(29 May 2015) EPSU calls for EP plenary vote on TTIP to ‘replay’ ISDS vote, stick to commitments on public services, and protect workers’ rights In the run up to the plenary vote on TTIP in the European Parliament on 10 June 2015, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) calls on all political groups to take a long and hard look at Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The proposals from the European Commission for a reformed ISDS do very little to address the (...)

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European Parliament’s intergroup Commons kicks off

(29 May 2015) With austerity policies impacting on public services and commercialisation increasingly effecting more spheres of public space, people in many European countries are developing alternatives, to cooperate in defense of what is of all use. Representatives of many such initiatives came together in the European Parliament to share experience and practice, how we can work together and if the European level can contribute. Members of different political parties are cooperating to (...)

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Court tells Maltepe University Hospital Employer: reinstate workers or pay compensation

(28 May 2015) After months of struggle, the dismissed workers and their union Dev-Saglik-Is saw a judge rule that the workers need to be re-instated or the company has to pay significant compensation. This is the first verdict applying to around 1/3 of the workers concerned. Other verdicts are to follow. The private company that owns the university and hospital does not get away with simply dismissing workers for their trade union activity and for their demands for improved pay and (...)

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Safety, transparency needed for Hungarian nuclear power station PAKS

(26 May 2015) "We want transparency" read the banner of the workers and union leaders from the nuclear power station of PAKS which they unfolded in front of the building of the European Commission. These workers want that the employer and the government (100% owner) provide more detail of the plans for the future of the nuclear power plant. What the unions have learned is worrying. As part of restructuring the government will seek to dismiss 800 workers. This measure is so drastic that (...)

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McDonald’s $1.8 billion global tax avoidance scheme continues

(EPSU Press Release - 20 May 2015) After the EPSU report on the McDonalds tax scheme, a coalition of global trade unions formed by Public Services International (PSI - International umbrella organisation of EPSU), the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), released a report about McDonald’s global tax avoidance strategy. In this document, the coalition reveals how McDonald’s has taken advantage of corporate tax loopholes to avoid (...)

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