Yesterday 20 November, in a joint letter to the European Commission, the EU social partners for central governments, namely EUPAE (employers) and EPSU-led TUNED (trade unions) welcomed the results of a new study that confirms they are the most representative and important social partners in that sector.
With EU pillar of social rights in place, time is ticking for Commission to deliver on social partner agreements
Europe’s unions made their voice heard over the past few weeks leading up to the declaration of the EU Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg on 17 November. EPSU launched a video to support the social dialogue and demand progress with the agreement on information and consultation rights for over 9.3 million workers in central government administrations. The need to respect social partner agreements received support from Members of the European Parliament in the debates on the pillar and to maintain pressure on the Commission EPSU has filed a request to obtain access to its documents on this issue. We have been waiting for over a year for the Commission to provide us with its legal analysis. The representativeness study on the social partners in the sector was published last Friday. It is positive and there are no excuses for the Commission to further frustrate the process.
Other events this week:
- 22 November: The European Parliament is organizing a public hearing on the violation of trade union rights in Turkey. Representatives will testify on the repression they are facing in doing their union job. With the ETUC we are calling for an end to the state of emergency.
- 24 November: The 5th summit of the Eastern Partnership countries takes place where EU representatives meet leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to discuss the progress with their relationship. Together with the ETUC and PERC, the pan-European regional union council, we will put the interests of workers and people first, highlighting meaningful social dialogue and investment in public services. Investing in staff and institutions to end corruption is key and the EU can set a good example by providing decent whistleblower protection, closing tax havens and addressing tax avoidance.
- 25 November is the international day to highlight the struggle to end violence against women. The number of women that have experienced forms of harassment at work remains staggering. Many public service union leaders pledged their support for the campaign at the PSI Congress on 3 November. Unions are in an excellent position to address this at the workplace and through collective bargaining, with many also raising awareness and organising training to end domestic violence.
We have just received the first copies of the history of our Federation (1978-2016), written by our former General Secretary, Carola Fischbach-Pyttel. She did a great job and will present the book at the Executive Committee next week. We will send all affiliates a copy. There is much to be proud of and inspire us for the battles to come.
The European Institutions signed the EU Pillar of Social Rights at the EU Social Summit on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg. The Pillar, which sets out the commitment of Member States and the European Union to develop a Social Europe
In June, a new Right to Energy coalition brought together unions, environmental NGOs, energy cooperatives, ombudsmen and anti-poverty organisations to defend the right to affordable, renewable energy for all Europeans in the 2030 EU energy package
The Committee for local and regional government bringing together EPSU and CEMR members have adopted a new work programme for 2018-2019.