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(6 March)On 29 February, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called for a European day of action to say that ‘enough is enough’. Trade unions in some 30 countries followed the call. The message was: there is an alternative to the austerity policy obsessively pursued by European Institutions read more

Funding of Local and Regional Government: Key challenges, solutions to growth and alternatives

EPSU/CEMR Final Report, October 2012

Union women – at the heart of the struggle for basic trade union rights

Public Services International and EPSU celebrates International Women’s Day - 8 March On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, Public Services International recognises and applauds the work of women trade unionists, who are always at the very heart of our struggle for human and labour rights and equality. We express our solidarity with our sisters who place themselves on the front line, delivering vital public services to the most vulnerable in our communities. We call on governments to (...)

Electricity employers and unions start mapping of skills, labour market research bodies

(1 March 2012) The electricity sector social partners (Eurelectric for the employers side) have had several discussions on training and skills over the years. They were part of work that has been undertaken on equality, restructuring, demographic change, skills and most recent when addressing the implications of moving towards a low carbon economy and decarbonised power sector in 2050. They have decided to continue this work and a first step is the mapping of the bodies at national and (...)

Trade unions and anti-poverty campaigners demand alternative economic policy for EU

Brussels, 29 February 2012 - On the eve of the European Council on 1-2 March 2012, the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) call on European governments and EU institutions to focus on addressing inequality and promoting inclusive growth rather than slashing public services, social security systems and commit to the delivery of Europe 2020 targets. While the EU formally ratified the Europe 2020 Strategy with concrete targets in (...)

EPSU, ETF and ETUCE support the mobilisation of all the Spanish trade union confederations against the reform of the labour code that the Spanish Government has done by decree

Joint EPSU – ETUCE – ETF Solidarity Statement The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), The European Transport Federation (ETF) and European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) support the mobilisation of all the Spanish trade union confederations against the reform of the labour code that the Spanish Government has done by decree. (28 February 2012) The reform under the direction of the European Union and the international Monetary Fund (IMF) like in other countries, (...)

Italian Water Movement Occupies Environmental Ministry.

(27 February 2012) Activists of the Italian Forum of the Water Movement occupied the premises of the Italian Minister of the Environment, 24 February 2012, Rome. The Italian Water Movement wants that the government confirms the results of the referendum in which 26 million Italians expressed themselves against the privatisation and liberalisation of water services. The Monti government has not expressed itself clearly. The occupiers and including representatives of EPSU affiliate CGIL-FP (...)

Networks will be more complex, need more investment and have a golden age before them

(27 February 2012) Electricity networks are gaining more importance in recent European policy discussions. The internal market obliges transmission operators to build more interconnection links. Electricity produced from renewables make the networks more complex. Technological developments fuel a discussion over the smartness of networks. And it all needs to be financed. EPSU organized the meeting to consider these developments. Michael Kilpper of DG Energy of the European Commission (...)

Delegation achieves a preliminary agreement on equality

(20 February 2012) The delegation of the trade unions and management finalized the negotiations on the equality agreement. The outstanding issues were considered and compromises agreed. The negotiations started with a presentation on past work done in Suez in December 2010 with several meetings to achieve an agreement. The negotiations were led by the three European Federations with members in GdfSuez (EPSU, EMF, EMCEF) The agreement covers a large range of issues: It refers to the (...)

EPSU calls for support for ETUC European-wide mobilisation

French below (15 February 2012) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) supports the call by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to mobilise across Europe against the European Treaty on February 29th on the eve of the European tri-partite summit. EPSU has been since September 2010 at the forefront of the mobilisations against unfair austerity measures imposed in the bulk majority of European countries and it will continue to do so as long as the workers will be (...)

EPSU shows solidarity with Greek strikers

(15 February 2012) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) mobilized for solidarity on Friday 10th February in Brussels following a call by one of its Belgian affiliates to demonstrate outside the Greek Permanent representation to the European Union (EU). At that time, Greece was living a 48 hours General strike against the austerity measures imposed by the troika (International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and EU). EPSU also sent a message to all its affiliates (...)

2012 Annual Growth Survey’s proposals for the modernisation of public administration

another tale of the missing links (EPSU Statement, 14 February 2012) EPSU notes that the European Commission (EC) focuses in the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) on the need to modernise public administrations. This can give the impression that public administrations have been static sectors of the economy and resistent to change, whereas in fact public administrations have been undergoing many reforms in the past decade. However, as the OECD’s “Government at a glance 2011” points out, “despite a plethora of reforms implemented by countries over the past decade, little empirical evidence currently exists about which public administration reforms bring about efficiency and productivitiy gains”.

EPSU demands another solution for the Greek people than austerity and more crisis

Press release, 9 February 2012 (Greek & French versions below) “The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) stands in solidarity with the Greek trade union movement”, says Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, General Secretary of EPSU, on the eve of another 48h General Strike coming Friday and Saturday. This strike is to demonstrate opposition against the proposal to reduce the minimum wage to 520€ and to abolish collective agreements. “This is punishing those workers who have problems (...)

New report on impact of EU Canada trade negotiations on health and social services

(9 February 2012) The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) has published (7 February 2012) a new report on the position of health and social services in Quebec in the provincial and federal CETA offers on services and investment. The report entitled “ Canada-European Union comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement - Offers from Canada and Québec concerning services, financial services and investment: hardly reassuring for the health and social services system” The (...)

EPSU stands together with Greek unions and workers in these time of crisis

JPEG (Greek version below) - 9 February 2012 - The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sends, yet again, a message of solidarity to the Greek unions that were on strike the day before yesterday against the proposed « solutions » that the troika is negotiating with the Greek Government.

The new austerity package being discussed (...)