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Report on the EPSU/ETUC Public Procurement Meeting ”Socially Responsible Procurement”

Brief report of ETUC/EPSU workshop on Public Procurement, 21 May 2015 Introduction Mads Samsing, Chair of EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government opened the workshops and welcomed all participants. He introduced the objectives of the workshop, which were to see how to make the most use of the new Public Procurement Directives in respecting the following: ensure respect for employment legislation and collective agreements conditions in public contracts (mandatory (...)

Report on the EPSU/ETUC Public Procurement Meeting ”Socially Responsible Procurement”

Brief report of ETUC/EPSU workshop on Public Procurement, 21 May 2015 Introduction Mads Samsing, Chair of EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government opened the workshops and welcomed all participants. He introduced the objectives of the workshop, which were to see how to make the most use of the new Public Procurement Directives in respecting the following: ensure respect for employment legislation and collective agreements conditions in public contracts (mandatory (...)

Human Right to Water : EP takes key step towards EU recognition

(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 (...)

2015 June epsucob@NEWS 09

Health and social services - action over pay and staffing in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium; Czech Republic - coordinated action on pay planned for 2016; Italy - unions mobilise over collective bargaining and reform; Finland - confederations agree to extend framework agreement

Union to consult members following arbitration in social services dispute

Following disappointing recommendations from the arbitration commission and a meeting of strike activists, ver.di’s members in social care will be consulted over whether to accept what its on offer from the employers or whether to re-commence their strike action. Ver.di has been campaigning for a revaluation of social services jobs, particularly in childcare, in recognition of the increased responsibility and workloads in many of the occupations. While there have been some concessions from (...)

Hospital staff in all-out strike over staffing

Ver.di members at the Charité university hospital in Berlin have voted overwhelmingly (96%) for all-out strike action calling simply for increased staffing. Union members at the hospital have been warning for a long time of the critical situation and the union has been calling for an agreement on minimum staffing levels since 2013. The hospital management claims that minimum staffing is a political issue and more staff required extra funding. Ver.di argues that the hospital’s income is (...)

Massive support for petition to stop cuts in care

The FNV and CNV trade unions have been overwhelmed by the level of support for their petition calling for an end to cuts to the care sector. The target of 300000 signatures was reached within weeks and the final total was 736759 when the petition was handed over to the government on 19 June. At the same time FNV members employed by the TSN home care organisation have been protesting against the employers plans to cut 650 jobs and cut the pay of its remaining employees by 30%. The workers (...)

Syndicats, ONG et élus défendent la justice fiscale à l’Assemblée Nationale

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE - 26 juin 2015 SOUS EMBARGO JUSQU’AU 26 JUIN 2015 A 10h00 À l’occasion du colloque PARADIS FISCAUX, ÉVASION FISCALE : UNE QUESTION DE JUSTICE", la FSESP présente le scandale McDonald’s et celui des coupes dans les administrations fiscales Communiqué de Presse de la Fédération Syndicale Européenne des Services Publics (FSESP) La Fédération Syndicale Européenne des Services Publics (FSESP/EPSU) participe aujourd’hui au colloque "PARADIS FISCAUX, ÉVASION FISCALE : UNE QUESTION DE (...)

Union action highlights serious staff shortages

On 24 June, services union ver.di coordinated a national action at health facilities across the country to underline the need for urgent action to tackle staff shortages. Thousands of health workers left their workplaces at lunchtime carrying numbered cards to represent each of the 162000 jobs that are needed in the sector of which 70000 in nursing alone. Staff shortages are impacting on all areas and all occupations making it difficult for workers to maintain services without working (...)

ETUC hits out at Five Presidents’ report

ETUC general secretary Bernadette Ségol has sharply criticised a key proposal in the Five Presidents’ report on closer economic and monetary union. The report, from the presidents of the European Commission, Central Bank, Council, Eurogroup and Parliament, puts forward the idea of national competitiveness councils to monitor and recommend on wage developments. The ETUC argues that this undermines the autonomy of the social partners and reflects, once again, the European institutions’ (...)

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