EPSU update on trade and public services July 2015

26 July 2015 – Below the latest update from EPSU that focuses on trade and public services. This edition focuses on: recaps on EPSU’s position on trade activities on trade and public services that took place on World Public Services Day, 23 June reports on developments regarding TTIP (including EP vote on the Bernd Lange report, EC stakeholder meeting on 10th TTIP negotiation round) and TiSA, and EC’s preparations for a new EU trade strategy Lists a number of studies etc that may (...)

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Solidarity with Greek workers and people

(15 July 2015) EPSU affiliate Adedy is organising a general strike against the agreement reached between the Eurogroup and the Greek government 15 July. Adedy opposes the continued austerity imposed on Greece. The public service federation rejects the privatisation of public services and companies. The unions do not want Greece to be subject to supervision. As the details of the agreement become clear, so does the extent of the changes that the Eurogroup want to impose on Greece. This (...)

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Eurogroup deal with Greece - more hardship for Greek workers and people

(13 July 2015) The longest Eurogroup summit has ended with a deal. If the Greek Parliament approves it, talks can start on a third financial assistance package. Several other national parliaments need to accept it as well. There is a list of measures for immediate approval and implementation. The deal demands labour market reforms. They want "rigorous reviews and modernisation of collective bargaining, industrial action and, in line with the relevant EU directive and best practice, (...)

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Mrs. Jourova, You have failed to act on maternity leave!

Maternity protection is not “red tape”! (7 July 2015) The Commissioner for Equality Vera Jourova announced on 1 July to withdraw the maternity leave proposal on the negotiation table since October 2008 increasing compulsory maternity leave to 18 weeks. Now, Mrs. Jourova you announce that you will table a fresh proposal in 2016 after you complied and endorsed your Vice-President’s “Better regulation” strategy by withdrawing this proposal. With this move you consider maternity leave as a (...)

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Say yes to country by country tax reporting by transnational companies

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) - European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) Press Release (7 July 2015) EPSU and EFFAT urge the European Parliament to vote in favour of compulsory public disclosure of country by country reporting (CBCR) for large companies (Draft directive on shareholders’ rights). “The LuxLeaks tax scandal showed once again public anger at a business model that minimises wages and tax payments at the expense of the (...)

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