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 265 trade unions; EPSU organises 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).
President: Annelie Nordström, Kommunal Sweden
Vice-Presidents: Dave Prentis, UNISON, UK - Françoise Geng, CGT Santé Action Sociale France - Isolde Kunkel-Weber, Ver.di, Germany and Mikhail Kuzmenko, HWURF, Russia.
EPSU General Secretary: Jan Willem Goudriaan
Déclaration du Secrétaire Général Jan Willem Goudriaan: (English below) image @jean_julien : peace for Paris
Chers amis, chers camarades, chers collègues,
Il est difficile d’exprimer dans des mots mes sentiments et mes pensées à propos de ce qui s’est passé ce vendredi à Paris. C’est une horreur. Il y a tant de victimes, de tués et de blessés dans ces attentats. La FSESP condamne tous les actes de terreur. J’ai la confiance de parler pour tous les affiliés quand je dis que nos pensées sont avec les victimes, leurs familles et leurs amis ainsi que le peuple français qui subit ce cauchemar. Un attentat contre le peuple français est un attentat contre le peuple d’Europe.
(Brussels, 20 March 2015) We sent a message of sympathy and solidarity to the public service unions and the confederation UGTT following the terrorist attack in Tunesia in which 23 people were killed and many more injured. Our thoughts are with the victims, their family, friends and colleagues. And also with our Tunesian brothers and sisters which have courageously stood up for democracy and social justice during the Arab Spring and after. This brutal act of killing negates all we are (...)
(5 February 2015) Following the last Executive Committee EPSU/PSI have now 6 affiliated unions in Azerbaijan. The EPSU General Secretary met with the unions to discuss the priorities in our work, the interests of the unions and the general economic and social situation. Equality, youth (unemployment and recruitment) and organising workers in the private sector were among the issues considered. EPSU/PSI have supported projects for youth and equality and several unions have set up youth (...)
(7 January 2015) EPSU is deeply shocked by the brutal attack on workers of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on the police protecting the journalists and other staff, Wednesday 7 January. EPSU joins the French affiliates, European police and journalist unions and others in condemning these gruesome acts of violence. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of those killed and injured.
We express our solidarity with the journalists and staff of the newspaper (...)
(7 janvier 2015) La FSESP est profondément choquée par l’attaque brutale du personnel du journal satirique français Charlie Hebdo et la police qui protégeait les journalistes et autres membres du personnel, le mercredi 7 janvier. La FSESP se joint à ses affiliés français, ainsi qu’aux syndicats des policiers et des journalistes européens et bien d’autres pour dénoncer l’horreur et la violence de ces actes. Nos pensées vont aux familles, amis et collègues des victimes.
(1st December 2014) The General Secretary of EPSU Spanish affiliate CCOO-FSC Enrique Fossoul died unexpectedly 1 December 2014. EPSU has sent to the colleagues of the union a letter of condolences. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. The union loses a very combative trade union leader who assisted in building the union coming out of the illegality in 1976 after the death of Franco. He was also a ardent fighter for equality, social justice and contributed to the (...)
(7 November 2014) The capacity of the trains was not enough to bring all demonstrators to Brussels to express their anger over the proposals of the new government to attack the right to strike, to freeze wages and cut public services and investment. Workers were standing on train stations across the country as ten thousands poured into Brussels on 6 November.
EPSU staff joined the historic demonstration, the largest anti-government protest since 1986. As workers in Belgium EPSU employees (...)
(6 November 2014) The state of public services in Sweden and Europe was the topic of discussions between the Swedish EPSU affiliates and several members of the European Parliament.
EPSU and Kommunal President Annelie Nordström welcomed the MEPs in the EPSU office. EPSU General Secretary introduced the priorities for Europe’s public service trade unions stressing the need to change the economic policy direction in the EU including a focus on public investment, respect for trade union rights (...)
(3 October 2014) The Swedish government announced its new cabinet this morning. We are proud to see that a member of the EPSU Executive Committee and PSI Vice-president has become a Minister. Annika Strandhall, the president of EPSU/PSI affiliate Vision is the new minister of social insurance in the social democratic/green party government.
We congratulate Annika and wish her a lot of success in her new job. Annika: Tack för allt, your contributions to and support of the work of the (...)