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EPSU backs Norwegian unions’ strike against labour law changes

(26 January 2015) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to its Norwegian affiliates and all the unions in the three confederations who will be taking strike action and joining the demonstrations planned for hundreds of towns and cities across the country on 28 January. The coordinated political strike has been called in protest at government plans to weaken important elements of the Work Environment Act. EPSU agrees that the proposed changes will lead to more precarious employment and (...)

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How to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP, CETA and TiSA

On 15 and 16 January 2015 EPSU together with ETUCE, AK and ÖGB organised a seminar on how to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP, CETA and TiSA. The seminar brought together some 100 participants and experts from 25 countries in order to discuss the pitfalls of and common responsive strategies to the free trade agreements that the EU is currently in the process of negotiating. Thomas Fritz from Power Shift in Germany set the scene by giving an introduction to why (...)

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EPSU supports culture workers’ demonstration

(16 January 2015) EPSU sends its support to the KKDSZ culture workers’ union which is organising several demonstrations across Hungary on 20 January. The culture sector has been neglected by governments over many years with a third of jobs cut since 2008. The important role that workers play in museums, libraries and many other cultural institutions continues to be undervalued. Workers in the sector have not seen a pay rise for over 10 years and are surviving on poverty wages. Many trade (...)

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EPSU welcomes cross-party support for Luxleaks EP enquiry committee

(Press Release – 15 January 2015) Yesterday 14 January, a sufficient number of MEPs signed up to the call by the Greens with the support of the GUE group to launch a parliamentary enquiry committee in the Luxleaks tax scandals. The petition was signed by 194 MEPs, above the required threshold of a quarter of all MEPs or 188. “We fully support an enquiry committee to shed public light on the Luxleaks tax scandals, the legality or not of corporate tax rebates with EC state aid rules, why so (...)

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Liberalisation of public services in trade agreements a danger for our social model

(Brussels, 14 January 2015) More than 100 trade unionists from public sector unions from over 25 European countries will gather in Vienna to discuss TTIP, CETA and TISA in Vienna on 15-16 January 2015.

EPSU and ETUCE together with AK and ÖGB organise an important gathering on the possible impact of current trade negotiations on public services and how to challenge the liberalisation of public services. “Governments should focus on objectives and actions to maintain and improve the access

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