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EPSU update on trade and public services February 2016

(10 February 2016) Please find below the February EPSU update on trade. This update reports developments regarding CETA, TTIP and TiSA and also includes information about: ISDS and the new EC proposal for ICS (Investment Court System) the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) that was recently concluded Also below is the new ETUC position on TiSA. All EPSU trade updates are available at http://www.epsu.org/r/231 Trade & PS update February 2016 ETUC position on TiSA (...)

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Solidarity with UK #HeartUnions campaign

This week (8-14 February) EPSU shows solidarity with the TUC’s #heartunions campaign against the Conservative government’s Trade Union Bill. Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, #heartunions is an opportunity to showcase the vital work of unions and celebrate our key successes in improving the rights and conditions of workers. Activities have been organised up and down the UK, and supporters are encouraged to share their positive stories and photos with the TUC and on social media. You can read (...)

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Local authorities unions and employers discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions

EPSU-CEMR Seminar in Berlin-27th of January 2015 (4 February 2016) Europe is facing difficult times in managing migration. The EU as a whole received 78% more asylum applications in 2014 compared to the year before. Municipalities are at the forefront of dealing with the daily arrivals of refugees in a number of European countries. Therefore, EPSU and Ver.di hosted a seminar on 27th of January to discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions. 55 participants including (...)

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Investigative report reveals how European Parliament’s Water Group links with lobby interests and industry

(4 February 2016) The Water Group of the European Parliament has come under scrutiny of transparency campaigners. Chaired by Dutch MEP and member of the EPP the group is run by the Secretariat of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) notes "By accepting the secretarial assistance of the WssTP, the EP Water Group shows its true colours. While it calls itself “the focal point for the water topic in the European Parliament”, in fact it promotes (...)

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Keeping public services out of trade deals

(3 February 2016) EPSU, Social Platform, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and ETUC welcome the European Parliament’s call for the full exclusion of public services in the Trade in Services Agreement, also known as TiSA. Public services are vital for social cohesion, sustainable growth and job creation. The European Parliament resolution adopted today demands a “gold standard” clause to exclude public services from the scope of trade agreements (...)

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