(6 July 2015) The Greek people voted no to the proposals of the Eurogroup. The Eurogroup wanted more austerity measures as a condition for further financial assistance. The Greek government did not agree and is now supported by a clear majority of Greek workers and people. EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan says: "The Eurogroup needs to go back to the negotiating table. Greece needs debt relief and Greek people a prospect for growth" Greek people have not voted to leave the (...)
(6 July 2015) EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, together with the European Trade Union Committee of Education (ETUCE) sent a letter to all Members of the European Parliament, regarding the upcoming vote on 8 July on TTIP report. In the letter EPSU/ETUCE call for: an unequivocal exclusion of ISDS a broad carve out of public services a strong labour chapter the rejection of Regulatory Cooperation as foreseen. Please see the joint letter for details on these (...)
(Press Release – 29 June 2015) The demands of the first ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water received overwhelming support from Members of European Parliament, who voted on an own-initiative report in the Environment Committee. This report demands the European Commission to implement the human rights to water and sanitation in EU Legislation. Also, MEPs positioned themselves to exclude water services from trade agreements such as TTIP, the proposed trade agreement (...)
(25 June 2015) This morning the Environment and Public Health Committee voted by an absolute majority to send a strong message to the European Commission to act on the Human Right to Water. The report by the Irish MEP Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) has been adopted and it will be discussed and voted in the Plenary. In the report the Committee demands the European Commission to act on the first successful European Citizens Initiative and to implement the Human Right to Water in the EU legislation (...)
Macro-economic dialogue at technical level - what structural reform does work for workers and society?
(25 June 2015) The European Union economy is picking up again, but many factors are uncertain and it is not clear if the recovery will persist, could be the summary of a discussion on the state of the European economy in the macro-economic dialogue. The trade union side is more cautious also because the economy still lacks sufficient investment. Veronica Nilsson, the next ETUC Deputy General Secretary introduced the position of the ETUC, referring to the need for a serious investment plan (...)