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

New Commission must end corporate dominance of EU expert groups

(Brussels 29 August 2014) New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker needs to tackle the persistent over-representation of corporate interests in European Commission ‘expert groups’ warn trade unions and transparency organisations. These organisations (ETUC, EPSU, UNI & CEO) have highlighted this fundamental issue with the EU’s advisory groups in response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on the topic that closed yesterday (see document below). Expert groups (...)

TRANSFER publishes EPSU article on local and regional government

In the Special Issue of Transfer (the European review of Labour and Research) on local and regional government, EPSU contributes with an article on the impact of economic governance on local and regional government in Europe.

EPSU Newsletter 26 August 2014

Young workers celebrate Youth Day demanding better mental health

(26 August 2014) On August 12th we celebrated International Youth Day and this year was linked to highlighting the issues of mental health for young people, specially young workers. The International organisation of EPSU, Public Services International (PSI) made an action linking our fight for a healthier society and need for quality public services. Many young people agree to precarious and unfair working conditions rather than staying indefinitely unemployed, with long term consequences (...)

Back from holidays, business as usual !

(26 August 2014) There was little in the way of a summer celebration for workers at the Irish company Greyhound Recycling and Recovery. The owners are seeking wage cuts of around 30%. They claim that this will make the company competitive. The 80 workers and their union SIPTU challenged the cuts, launched a seris of protests and have now been locked out since 17th June. The company is using legal action to try to prevent protests and blockades amid growing public anger over the company’s (...)

PSI Solidarity Call for Aid and Humanitarian Relief do respond to crisis in Gaza

(25 August 2014) The Palestinian public service unions have written to PSI detailing the scale of the destruction and loss of human life in Gaza. PSI has issued a call for solidarity in response. "According to the Gaza public sector unions’ report, hospitals and ambulances have been targeted, killing dozens of rescuers and medical workers and endangering anyone providing relief and humanitarian aid to civilians. The report further lists considerable damage to mosques, police and security (...)

Long working hours – bad for health, bad for safety, bad for work-life balance, bad for gender equality, bad for productivity

With two new major studies under way, the European Commission is again working on a review of the Working Time Directive. The concern for trade unions is that this important piece of health and safety legislation will be watered down, allowing the spread of longer working hours across the European economy with the many negative effects that this entails. Health First and foremost, the control of working time is a question of health and safety. The impact assessment carried out for the (...)

2014 August epsucob@NEWS 14

UK - union meets minister in fire dispute; Netherlands - care workers protest over job cuts; Italy - call for action on health and safety in waste; UK - care worker maintain campaign against pay cuts; Portugal - new agreement in energy company; Ireland - waste workers fight pay cuts

Shift taxes from labour to environment, EEA tells ministers.

(20 August 2014) Hans Bruyninckx, the director of the European Environment Agency, has urged EU ministers to carry out fiscal reforms, such as moving tax from labour to activities that damage the environment. The EEA issued environment and employment ministers this week with a report arguing that "greener" fiscal reforms can boost employment, while protecting the environment. Shifting tax away from labour, for example, makes it more attractive for employers to hire new people, boosting (...)

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