EPSU report by the Labour Research Department, October 2014
The EPSU team wishes you a happy holiday season !
HOW CETA’S INVESTOR PROTECTION RULES THREATEN THE PUBLIC GOOD IN CANADA AND THE EU
On September 26, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced the conclusion of a far-reaching economic integration agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which could unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states, and could dangerously thwart government (...)
(22 December 2014) Management of the University Hospital of Maltepe in Istanbul dismissed 98 workers, 6 December 2014. These workers have been dismissed for being a member of the health workers trade union of Dev Sağlık-İş of DISK. These workers have started a picket to demand re-instatement.
The workers joined the union to seek to improve their working conditions in the hospital. These were getting worse for them and the hospital workers joined Dev Sağlık-İş. Workers demand higher wages, (...)
On 17 December EPSU met Karl-Heinz Lambertz President and Chiara Malagodi Deputy General Secretary of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss topical issues concerning public services and demands for public investment in Europe as well as on the role of social dialogue in local and regional government. Mr Lambertz stressed the need to reverse policies that define public services as an exception to ’normal’ market behaviour and (...)
Six MEPs from across the political spectrum expressed their support for calls to reform the European Semester - the annual process of economic governance. The key messages were drawn up by the EU Semester Alliance, a grouping of civil society groups with support from EPSU and the ETUC.
The Alliance is calling for a much more democratic and transparent Semester, with increased involvement of national parliaments, the European Parliament, social partners and civil society. For the Alliance, (...)
(18 December 2014) The last few weeks, since the 50th Executive Committee of EPSU, Trade issues have been very much on our agenda.
The Executive Committee decided to endorse the self-organised European Citizens Initiative against TTIP and CETA (that has already collected over 1 million signatures) and invites its affiliates to encourage citizens to sing this call to the European Institutions to re-think the current trade negotiations.
There have been many other recent events on trade in (...)
(EPSU Press release 18 December 2014) A year ago, EPSU produced a report on the impact of public budget cuts on tax collection between 2007 and 2011.
The update released today shows that little has changed. Despite the recent appetite for legal measures to fight corporate tax avoidance - no doubt because of the Luxembourg tax leaks -, austerity means that the resources to do so continue to be reduced.
It finds that 24 out of 30 states (EU28, Iceland and Norway) cut employment in tax (...)
(18 December 2014) During the Belgian general strike on 15 December I joined workers in Antwerp who control the largest locks in the world. They blocked the bridges and had stopped operating the locks, effectively stopping all shipping in and out of the harbour. As we warmed ourselves over the fire, we talked about their work, what the government plans mean for them, their families and their work. We also spoke about what was happening across Europe and the many actions of public service (...)