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Project "Promoting Employers’ Social Services Organisations in Social Dialogue" (PESSIS II) (2014)

People’s Climate March demands action of governments- EU to be serious about climate change in 2030 plans

Hundred thousands of people and many union members among them will take to the streets to demand action on climate change across the world this Sunday 21 September. EPSU extends its solidarity greetings to this broad social movement which is campaigning to address climate change and for more social justice. With the marches people urge government leaders to take bold steps to ensure global warming remains only 2 degrees by the end of the century. There is much scientific evidence that (...)

Defending social dialogue, pay and conditions for ECB employees

(19 September 2014) EPSU signed an agreement to extend information and consultation rights to workers employed in the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi, 17 September 2014. The SSM will execute the specific tasks of the ECB concerning policies relating to the supervision of credit institutions. The SSM brings together workers of the ECB and the national authorities of Member States who will work in integrated structures, in particular (...)

Right to water struggle continues in Spain

(19 September 2014) Many people who can not afford to pay their water bill are cut off from water in Spain. It is estimated that 9.000.000 people have difficulties to pay their bill. The conservative party tries to privatise water services in many local municipalities were they rule leading to a situation in which more then 50% of water companies are in private and that is multinational hands. To debate these developments, the confederation UGT organised a meeting with its environmental (...)

2014 September epsucob@NEWS 15

Spain - union criticises lack of social dialogue; UK - build up of action over pay; Italy - good support for Venice strike; Germany - minimum staffing in hospitals and increased minimum wage in care sector; Cyprus - strike over pay cuts threat

Guidelines adopted on Strengthening Migration and Anti-Discrimination in Local and Regional Government

(18 September 2014) The Social Partners in Local and Regional Government have adopted guidelines on strengthening migration and anti-discrimination in local and regional government in their meeting on 17 September 2014. The social partners in local and regional government ask for a broader policy of social inclusion and diversity but with a particular emphasis in strengthening the inclusion of migrants into the workplace. The social partners would like to take responsibility at European (...)

Joint Guidelines Migration and Strengthening anti-discrimination in Local and Regional Governments

17 September 2014

OECD Reports on Tax Avoidance: encouraging progress, but more to be done

(18 September 2014) On 16 September, the OECD released a first batch of reports and recommendations on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan, covering 7 action points of the Plan (out of a total of 15) - see reports & recommendations here. Attached below are the TUAC comments on the OECD release. TUAC comments BEPS

Trade Unions from across the globe meet to discuss about the new wave of trade agreements

(17 September 2014) Public services unions worldwide are determined to open to public scrutiny a new wave of global trade agreements, which are now being discussed behind closed doors. Public Services International (PSI) organised a Global Trade Summit 2014, in Washington, D.C., where union leaders from all over the world discussed with the media the growing concerns about the effects of public service trade policies. Unions from across the globle, including EPSU and several of its (...)

Benchmarking of water services

(17 September 2014) In its response to our European Citizens’ Initiative, the European Commission stated that it would explore the possibility of promoting the benchmarking of water services (on quality and performance) as a way to increase transparency and information for final users. On 9 September the Commission organized a stakeholder meeting in which we as ECI organizers have been invited to explain our ideas and demands. We criticized the Commission’s response to our ECI as (...)

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