Austerity strikes the EU Institutions - EU staff on strike on 8 and 16 November 2012

EPSU Press communication – embargoed for 5 November

(Brussels 31 October) On 22 and 23 November the European Council is due to decide on the EU budget, the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. The EU Commission proposes to make savings of 1 billion €, but some Member States have tabled extreme proposals foreseeing reductions of up to 15 billion €.

For that matter the trade unions within European institutions have decided to go on strike in the month of November. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) fully supports European Union institutions employees and their trade union USF (Union Syndicale Fédérale) who have decided to call for industrial action on 8 and 16 November.

Beyond the serious downgrading of working conditions in the EU Institutions, exceeding by far the EU Commission's proposal will certainly undermine the ability of the Institutions to fulfil their obligations towards the staff and citizens in Europe.

Job cuts at the EU Institutions entails the already well-known dangers from the austerity measures that are hitting the public services in a majority of EU countries.

They put an additional threat on the fairness, efficiency and effectiveness of the EU policy and administration as a whole. In the current crisis situation, disruption of the functioning of the EU Institutions as a consequence of serious underfinancing is particularly inappropriate.
It is also apparent that some policy areas in the European Commission such as employment and social affairs are more disproportionately affected by the cuts than for instance economic and financial affairs. This is yet another indication that the social Europe trade unions are fighting for is not a priority. These actions have to been seen in the light of the first pan-European mobilisation for Social Europe on 14 November .

EPSU urges EU Institutions to seek reasonable solutions with the full involvement of the employees.

For more information contact, Pablo Sanchez, 0032 474 62 66 33

EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 275 trade unions; EPSU organizes 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 recognized regional organization of Public Services International (PSI).

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