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New Commission must end corporate dominance of EU expert groups

(Brussels 29 August 2014) New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker needs to tackle the persistent over-representation of corporate interests in European Commission ‘expert groups’ warn trade unions and transparency organisations. These organisations (ETUC, EPSU, UNI & CEO) have highlighted this fundamental issue with the EU’s advisory groups in response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on the topic that closed yesterday (see document below). Expert groups (...)

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EPSU supports SIPTU members in their strike

(6 August 2014) EPSU is extremely concerned to learn about SIPTU’s dispute with Greyhound Recycling and Recovery waste company owned by the brothers Michael and Brian Buckley, and which has led to workers being locked out since 17th June. It is not acceptable that the company’s management attempt to force workers to accept wage cuts of up to 35% and that they employ strikebreakers to carry out waste collections during the dispute. We extend our solidarity to all of the 78 SIPTU members (...)

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Update on TTIP and public services!

(1 August 2014, Brussels) Please find below a short update regarding developments with the EU- US trade negotiations (TTIP), with a focus on public services issues and also including some points on the EU- Canada (CETA) and the plurilateral services (TiSA) negotiations. The note covers also some recent meetings, including exchanges with the European Commission and a joint workshop organise in June with the European Social Platform, Solidar and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). (...)

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Plane crash in Ukraine

(18 July 2014) EPSU and PSI send their condolences to all those affected by the tragic loss of life resulting from the downing of flight MH17. It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the accident with the Malaysian airlines/KLM plane which was probably shot down, and in which so many people died. An independent investigation will have to clarify what were the exact circumstances of this tragic event. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the (...)

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European Parliament’s Youth resolution is a step, not a solution

(18 July 2014 - European Trade Union Federations Joint Press Release) The six sectoral European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs), uniting over 30 million workers and organisers through the “Enough of their crisis – back to our future” campaign, appreciate the fact that the newly elected European Parliament has dedicated itself to addressing youth employment as a matter of utmost urgency. The European Parliament sent a welcome, yet smokeless signal by adopting a resolution on Youth Employment (...)

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