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EPSU Newsletter 29 November 2011

This is the first time that we ask our affiliated members for joint action to protest against austerity and for quality public services across Europe (read more.

List of actions of the EPSU coordinated day of action

(30 November 2011) Thousands of public sector workers from Portugal to Russia and from Norway to Cyprus have participated in the strikes, demonstrations, pickets, rallies up and down Europe to protest against austerity to reclaim justice and Social Europe. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) wants to thanks all those that have helped us to make this day a success. The fight goes on!

Trade unions say no to austerity with actions across Europe on 30 November

For immediate release – 29 November 2011 On Wednesday 30 November, public sector workers will protest against austerity measures in more than 25 European countries, following a call for action by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). Actions will include strikes, demonstrations and public marches. In Britain, unions are planning the largest strike since 1926 - to oppose changes to public sector workers’ pensions. In Portugal, following the most successful general strike (...)

EPSU sends a message of solidarity to Bulgarian unions protesting tomorrow

(29 November 2011) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sends a message of solidarity to the demonstrators of today’s action. We follow attentively the situation in Bulgaria and we want to send also a message of support to the transport workers on strike to defend their rights. EPSU has called for a European coordinated day of action. In Britain unions will organize the biggest strike since 1926, in Portugal, after the most successful General Strike since the (...)

Socialist and Democrats support EPSU coordinated day of action

(29 November 2011) Trade union Actions across EU for a change in EU and national level Economic policies to protect jobs, public services, social rights and pensions Justice We, the Members of the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament, send all our support and solidarity for the trade union Actions taking place across Europe on and around the 30 November. More than twenty British unions and over two million public service workers take industrial action in defence of (...)

EPSU sends solidarity to British trade unions on eve of the Public sector strike

(29 November 2011) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sends solidarity and greetings to its British affiliates for tomorrow’s strike action. EPSU has called for a European coordinated day of action. In Britain, unions will organize the biggest strike since 1926, in Portugal, after the most successful General Strike since the dictatorship, trade unions will demonstrate as the members of parliament will be voting austerity, in France unions have organized a national day (...)

EPSU sends a message of solidarity to the Greek affiliates on strike

(29 November 2011) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sends once more a message of solidarity to the Greek workers on strike and its Greek affiliates in this difficult moment. This general strike in Greece is once more to demand that the workers should not pay the crisis that bankers and speculators have created. This General strike takes place in the context of the EPSU coordinated European day of action. As you will demonstrate and strike on Thursday, millions of (...)

Italian unions on strike for better wages and health & safety

(29 November 2011) The Italian unions in the waste sector including CGIL FP will be on strike today 29 November 2011. The unions have organized the strike in the private waste sector. The workers and their unions demand better wages and improved health and safety. The number of deadly accidents has risen. The unions also underline that with the further privatisation of services and the cuts in public budgets quality of services deteriorates and infiltration of criminal organisations goes (...)

EPSU sends a message of solidarity to the Portuguese workers during today’s General Strike.

(November 24) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) wants to send a warm solidarity to its Portuguese affiliates as well as the entire trade union movement of Portugal on this second General Strike since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis. This 24 hour General Strike against exploitation and impoverishment marks a big step in the struggle to reject the austerity agenda that is sweeping across Europe. Since the memorandum signed by most of the political (...)

EPSU calls for a European coordinated mobilisation

JPEGJPEG(24 November 2011) The Executive Committee of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) discussed the grave economic and social situation in Europe at its meeting 9 November 2011. Public service and public service workers are under pressure (read more)

2nd Annual Growth Survey unbalanced - throws us deeper into recession

Press Communication, 23 November 2011 The European Commission has published today its second Annual Growth Survey. According to the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the Commission continues with the known litany of recommendations to Member States: fiscal austerity, completing the internal market and more flexibility of the labour market and of wages. With other words the European Commission asks people in Europe to tighten their belts, forsake good quality public (...)

EPSU to Commission President Barroso: Europe needs growth not austerity

(22 November 2011) Dear Commission President Barroso, The Commission will adopt its 2nd Annual Growth Survey this Wednesday 23 November. EPSU expects a focus on investment and growth to address high unemployment and rising poverty in the European Union. A change of direction is needed away from austerity, precarious jobs and inequality towards sustainable development, fair taxation, investment in public services, more equality and less poverty. A clear position is needed against the (...)

Position of ETUC on the Climate Change negotiations Durban

(22 November 2011) Trade unions are concerned about the impact of Global warming on climate. It leads to an increase in temperatures and changes in weather patterns amongst others which can impact industries, services and regions. Rising global temperatures and especially if these increase in an uncontrollable manner leading to climate chaos can harm nature, bio-diversity and human societies e.g. Mitigation and Adaptation policies are needed and unions are engaged in finding appropriate (...)