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EPSU brings McDonald’s tax avoidance scheme in European parliament

(Press Release - Brussels 17 April 2015) Yesterday 16-04 at EP Special TAXE Committee, EPSU presented McDonald’s tax avoidance scheme and trade union demands for tax justice. The presentation was based on the recent report “UnHappyMeal”, co-published by an international coalition of European and US trade unions and War on Want, on Mac Donald’s tax avoidance strategy that involves profit-shifting through artificial subsidiaries in Luxembourg and Switzerland and, possibly, a tax ruling, one of (...)

Working people pay taxes – corporations must pay their share!

14 April 2015 - May Day statement on the urgent need for tax justice Following the Tax Justice to End Inequality declaration made by civil society organizations at the recent World Social Forum in Tunisia, public service trade unions and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice invite our members to join in marching this May Day under the banner “Working people pay taxes – corporations must pay their share!” “Giving corporations a free ride is a deeply flawed economic strategy,” underlines Rosa (...)

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Belgium, France and Portugal - anti-austerity action; Netherlands - civil service negotiations start; Germany - pay deal for regional government workers; UK - Royal staff vote for action

Royal staff vote for action

Staff who work at Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s residences, have voted for industrial action over pay. The workers are protesting over an increasing workload and duties for which they are effectively unpaid. They are likely to begin action short of a strike - removal of goodwill - before the end of April. Read more at > PCS

Civil service pay negotiations get underway

Negotiations over a new collective agreement for civil servants have begun with unions presenting central government minister Stef Blok with a petition signed by over 30000 civil servants demonstrating the strength of feeling for a new collective agreement. The main aims of the unions are to secure a 3% pay increase, a deal on job security and an allowance in recognition of the long period (over four years) without a revised collective agreement. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV (...)

Federation targets gender pay gap

On 16 April the FSP-UGT public services federation organised a workshop to promote a range of tools to reduce the gender pay gap. The workshop was aimed at union activists involved in collective bargaining to encourage them to include specific measures in their collective agreements to address pay inequality. The initiative is in a response to the findings of a recent report by the UGT confederation which revealed that, for the first time, some parts of the public services are registering a (...)

National demonstration over restructuring in provinces and cities

The public service federations - Fp-Cgil, Cisl-Fp, Uil-Pa and Uil-Fpl - organised a national demonstration in Rome on 11 April in protest at the impact of restructuring in public administration at provincial and metropolitan level. The unions argue that massive cuts in funding are leading to a decline in services while restructuring is leading to lots of temporary workers as well as permanent staff losing their jobs. The unions want to see proper negotiations to improve services and reduce (...)

Unions continue Red Cross campaign

The public service federations - Fp-Cgil, Cisl-FP and Uil-Pa - are continuing their campaign to defend employees and services in the face of the restructuring of the Red Cross. They have been looking for guarantees on services, employment levels and wages and have planned a series of mobilisations to put pressure on the government, including a national demonstration in Rome on 11 May. Read more at > Fp-Cgil (...)

Young workers facing zero hours contracts and low pay

A survey of the working lives of the under 35s, conducted by the Young Workers Network (YWN), has revealed that nearly 90% struggle to make ends meet with zero hour contracts and low pay the norm for many. The survey also found that 21% of respondents felt their job could end at any time, 20% were working on zero hour contracts and 20% said their employer gives them less than one day’s notice of their working hours. The survey is ill be part of a submission by the YWN to a study on zero hour (...)

Over 80000 on zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts have been clearly identified as a an issue for trade unions in the UK and data released by Statistics Finland now reveals that that many workers there, mainly younger women, are also in work arrangements where no basic hours are guaranteed. Around 4% of the workforce, some 83000 workers, were covered by such contract, 11000 working in health and social services. Read more at > Trade Union News (...)

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