EPSU protests arrests of health workers Maltepe University Hospital Istanbul

(26 February 2015) The police brutally removed protesting workers from the offices of the Maltepe University Hospital in Istanbul Wednesday 25th February. The workers are protesting the dismissal of 98 workers after these workers joined EPSU affiliate Dev Sağlık-İş - the health union of the progressive labour confederation, DISK. They demanded better pay and conditions which had been discussed for several years. The unionists were dismissed 6 December 2014. The workers have established a (...)

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Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald’s

(Joint press release - 25 February 2015) Tax structure allowed McDonald’s to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013. Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald’s deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. The report outlines in detail the tax avoidance (...)

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Standing up against employers that attack the right to strike

(18 February 2015) On the global day of action in defense of the right to strike, EPSU staff joined the event organised by the Belgian unions FGTB, CSC and CGSLB, the Liga voor Mensenrechten, ETUC and ITUC. The day of action is organised to underline to employers and their supporting governments that they should stop undermining the right to strike in the ILO. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC spoke of the importance of the right to strike to defend working people and our (...)

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Macro-economic dialogue at political level - the mantra of structural reform prevalent - a contested approach

(17 February 2015) "Growth is not taking off due to a lack of investment. The risk of deflation is persistent with the structural reform agenda pursued by employers, ECB and European Commission making matters worse" was the message of the trade union delegation of ETUC in the macro-economic dialogue at political level. The ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Segol underlined what the ETUC expects of an Investment Programme and so-called Quantative Easing focused on the real economy. This (...)

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Global Day of Action on the Right to Strike - Reminding European employers they are choosing the side of dictators

(17 February 2015) With several governments and all employers attacking the right to strike in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and at home, trade unions across the world join hands to demonstrate their determination defending the right to withdraw our labour in defense of our interests. EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan: "By attacking the right to strike in the ILO, the European, US and other employers are determined to weaken workers and the unions so we are less (...)

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