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ETUC Congress calls for more transparency in public contracts

(5 October 2015) The ETUC Congress gave firm backing to EPSU’s demand that the details of all public contracts should be made public to allow for proper scrutiny. Public Procurement represents some 18 % of EU GDP and it is important that this money is well spent to provide quality goods and services with quality employment. Isolde Kunkel-Weber, EPSU Vice-President, emphasised in the debate that the strategic use of public procurement is a clear trade union objective. EPSU and ETUC have (...)

5th EWC Suez Environment meeting discusses European Observatory of Skills

(2 October 2015) European Works Council’s Representatives from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Spain met for the 5th time on 24 September to further discuss the transposition of the Gdf-Suez European Group Agreement on Strategic Workforce Planning into the new company SUEZ Environment. The negotiations focused this time on how to set up a European Observatory of Skills into this new company and how to carry out (...)

ETUC Congress adopts emergency resolution on TiSA

(2 October 2015) On 1 October the ETUC Congress adopted with unanimity an emergency resolution on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Presenting the resolution Tanja Buzek DGB/EPSU explained how TiSA will restrict the ability of public authorites to regulate in areas covered by the agreement and threaten public services and workers rights. The adoption of the resolution is a clear sign that trade unions across Europe are united in rejecting any give away of the right to regulate (...)

Vacancy for a temporary Communications and Parliamentary Policy Staff

The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is a federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 265 trade unions. EPSU organises workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local and national administration, in all European countries including in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. EPSU is the recognised regional organisation of Public Services International (PSI). EPSU is looking for a talented Communications and (...)

Finnish unions thank all for solidarity with actions 18 September - Finnish government turns around

update (1st October 2015) Finnish government turns around Update (30 September 2015): Finnish unions thank all for solidarity with actions 18 September. They also provide further information on the ongoing conflict Sent on behalf of Jarkko Eloranta Dear Colleagues, JHL and other Finnish EPSU-PSI affiliates wish to thank you for your encouraging solidarity messages sent in connection of the demonstration organised by the Finnish trade union movement on September 18, 2015. The rally in (...)

ETUC Congress supports a 25% European corporate tax

Press Release –Paris 1 October 2015 -Yesterday at the ETUC Congress, Europe’s trade union leaders took a clear stance on corporate taxation in the EU. Trade unions reaffirmed the need to stop the downward trend of progressive taxation on corporate profits and the upward trend of regressive tax as VAT and corporate tax avoidance. “As we have been saying for years, Europe’s tax trends are deeply worrying. As a result workers, consumers regardless of their income levels and SMEs end up paying (...)

2015 September epsucob@NEWS 14 - Working Time

Europe - court ruling impacts on working time for mobile workers; Portugal - 35-hour campaign continues; Europe - latest survey on working time negotiations and evidence on long working hours

Court ruling on working time may benefit home care and other mobile workers

The European Court of Justice has ruled that workers without a fixed or habitual place of work should have their journey time between their homes and the first and last customer of the day counted as working time. The case involved a Spanish security company that closed its regional office and required workers to work from home. The Court found in favour of the case brought by the FSP-CCOO federation and the case could have significant implications for many other sectors where workers have (...)

Unions continue their campaign to negotiate 35-hour agreements

In 2013 the government imposed a 40-hour week on public sector workers. This was a five-hour increase without compensation. This prompted unions to begin a collective bargaining campaign across the public sector to negotiate agreements with local and regional employers to retain the 35-hour week. Unions like STAL and SINTAP have signed hundreds of agreements with government agencies, local authorities and other public bodies which keep the 35-hour week. Read more at > STAL (PT) And at > (...)

Long working hours pose threat to health

Long working hours can have a serious impact on workers’ health as well as safety at work. Earlier this year, the Lancet medical journal in the UK published a major review of research covering over 600,000 men and women. The key conclusion was that longer working hours increase the risk of strokes compared to standard working hours. It found that individuals who work 55 hours or more per week have a 1·3-times higher risk of incident of strokes than those working standard hours (35-40 hours a (...)

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