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CGIL demonstration for work, dignity and equality - defending migrant workers

(24 October 2014) EPSU has extended solidarity greetings to the CGIL Italian affiliates which are organising a demonstration 25 October. The unions demonstrate for work, dignity and equality. It will also be an occasion to raise the issue of migrant workers which is important now the extreme-right is on the rise in Europe and migrant workers are among the most vulnerable in our society. EPSU Congress adopted an important policy resolution on the rights of migrant workers. The demonstration (...)

Trade unions at EU Tripartite Social Summit: invest, invest, invest

The ETUC delegation made clear that the economic situation in the European Union is not improving and that the EU needs public investment to restore sustainable growth and create quality jobs at the Tripartite Social Summit 23 October. The summit preceeds the autumn European Council in which the economy and the Annual Growth Survey are discussed. Unemployment remains high especially for young people, some countries see years of decline, while poverty and inequality grow. Public investment (...)

EPSU sends solidarity to prison officers

(24 October 2014) Prison staff take industrial action over health service pay EPSU sends solidarity greetings to the prison officers who are taking action today in support of an improved pay offer across the health service. The workers are members of the POA, the trade union for prison, correctional and secure psychiatric staff, employed at three High Secure Psychiatric Hospitals. They voted overwhelmingly (78%) to support the action following the government’s decision not to honour the (...)

The Energy-Climate package in Europe for 2020-2030: the ETUC’s priorities for a Just Transition

(23 October 2014) The ETUC Executive Committee has finally adopted the Resolution “The Energy-Climate package in Europe for 2020-2030: the ETUC’s priorities for a Just Transition”. You will find the full text approved in attachment. Given the important decision which is expected from the European Council this week, the document has been sent already to the Permanent Representations of Member States here in Brussels. Please do not hesitate to circulate it through your own networks. EPSU has (...)

EPSU Newsletter 23 October 2014

Resounding success of the EPSU social services working group

(23 October 2014) More than 50 representatives from 22 European countries attended the EPSU working group on Social Services on October 8th. EPSU, the most representative European organisation in that sector, is working hard on social services to improve the conditions and quality of work in that sector. This growing sector lacks regulation and EPSU trade unions are increasing their cooperation to ensure that international solidarity has a real meaning for trade union members and workers (...)

Legislate on Right2Water and exclude water permanently from the internal market and trade agreements says EESC

(23 October 2014) The European Economic and Social Committee which brings together employers, trade unions, consumers, farmers and representatives of other groups from all European countries calls on the European Commission to come forward with legislative proposals that honour the demands of the European Citizens Initiative Right2Water, the first ever successful ECI. The EESC urges the European Commission to propose legislation establishing access to water and sanitation as a human right (...)

EPSU condemns massacres by ISIS

(23 October 2014) EPSU is very concerned about the terror of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that affects all working men and women in Syria and Iraq and leads to many refugees seeking safety in Turkey and other countries in the region. EPSU’s affiliates unions including the affiliates of the confederations of KESK and DISK as well as Hizmet-Is and Yol-Is have drawn our attention to the situation condemning the attacks on people on the basis of ethnic, religious or other (...)

The dangers of austerity and how it comes back to bite us

(23 October 2014) Several countries in Europe and especially the US are in the grips of an Ebola scare. This does not seem justified to me at the moment. Much can be done to contain the spread of the virus and many workers are doing just that. Health workers are in the frontline of the fight against the disease in West Africa, the US and Europe. We represent several million health care workers - nurses, doctors, other medical professions, cleaners, ambulance drivers and more. Many other (...)

European Parliament follows EPSU and transparency campaigners position: freeze of EC experts groups budget

(22 October 2014) The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing the budgets of the Commission’s problematic Expert Groups, 22 October. This is the second time that MEPs have taken drastic action in four years. It was a demand of EPSU and a large group of unions and social action groups. It is part of the work of EPSU to demand more transparency and balance in how the European Commission works with expert groups. EPSU also made representations to the European Ombudsman on (...)

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