Urgent Action on Maternity Leave Directive needed- don’t let this proposal be the first victim under RE-FIT!
To all affiliates for information Dear colleagues, I am addressing you on a urgent matter with regard to the 7 years impasse in the European Council on adopting a revised version of the Maternity Leave Directive that would agree on a minimum 18 weeks minimum paid maternity leave. In 2008 the European Commission proposed to raise it to 18 weeks, the standard of the UN International Labour Organisation. Since then, however, the European Parliament and Council have failed to agree on how (...)
(30 March 2015) Changing Europe’s economic policy is the priority confirmed the leaders of the North East European constituency. The union leaders demonstrated with examples the effects of the neo-liberal and corporate driven austerity policies. Cuts in public spending, outsourcing and privatisation as well as pay freezes and job cuts are undermining the quality of the services and are intentionally commercialising public services. It is not the needs of the people but the desire to make (...)
The contribution of non-profit service providers to “Job Creation and economic growth in health and social services”
(26 March 2015) EPSU (C. Jakob and C. Hernandez) participated to the breakfast session “Job Creation and Economic growth in HSS” and the contribution of non-profit service providers organized by Social Services Europe (SSE) in the Economic and Social Committee. There is a need to push for more attention to Social Services. The sector suffers from a vacuum between demand and supply, and thus composes job creation opportunities. The speakers agree on the essential need to improve (...)
On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March) many events took place and many statements have been made. This year World Water Day was marked by recognition and appreciation of the important work that people in the water sector do to provide all citizens with clean drinking water 24/7. In the Netherlands FNV participated in a campaign “THANK YOU for tap water!” that launched a nice video clip. The Global Water Operators Alliance made a statement that pays tribute to the workers. PSI (...)
In the right direction but where is the text excluding public services from TTIP and TISA? (24 March 2015) EPSU notes the EU - US joint statement on public services agreed on 20 March as a step towards securing necessary protection for these services in trade agreements. The statement recognises that defining the balance between public and private services is up to the discretion of each government and that trade agreements should not impede governments to adopt or maintain regulations to (...)