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European Trade Unions mobilize for occupational cancer prevention on 28 April

(Brussels, 24 April 2015) International Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April. This year we commemorate the thousands of workers that have died from accidents and occupational diseases at work. Toxic exposure at the workplace is the spotlight this year. EPSU is particularly concerned that the European Commission has failed to promote occupational cancer prevention measures. The carcinogens agents Directive, the main instrument for protection of workers from the risks related to exposure (...)

International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April 2015

On this day we will remember those workers which have died from occupational diseases or an accident at work. This year the focus will be on addressing exposure to hazardous substances. Many public service workers are exposed to such substances like waste workers, firefighters or workers in laboratories but not only. In the EU we demand progress with measures to deal with carcinogenic substances and enforceable exposure limits for 50 of the most toxic chemicals for cancer and for fertility (...)

EPSU supports air traffic controllers in conflict with management in Romanian company

(26 February 2015) Management of the Romanian air traffic controllers company is pushing through a restructuring plan without consultation with the unions. It further is threatening the trade union representatives with dismissals and other sanctions for speaking out. Previous management has been replaced with generals coming from the army by the government. They have no experience, nor culture or understanding for social dialogue. ROMATSA is endangering the safety of passengers. There (...)

Standing up against employers that attack the right to strike

(18 February 2015) On the global day of action in defense of the right to strike, EPSU staff joined the event organised by the Belgian unions FGTB, CSC and CGSLB, the Liga voor Mensenrechten, ETUC and ITUC. The day of action is organised to underline to employers and their supporting governments that they should stop undermining the right to strike in the ILO. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC spoke of the importance of the right to strike to defend working people and our (...)

Global Day of Action on the Right to Strike - Reminding European employers they are choosing the side of dictators

(17 February 2015) With several governments and all employers attacking the right to strike in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and at home, trade unions across the world join hands to demonstrate their determination defending the right to withdraw our labour in defense of our interests. EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan: "By attacking the right to strike in the ILO, the European, US and other employers are determined to weaken workers and the unions so we are less (...)

Peru: Attack on trade union rights on eve of climate change summit

(9 December 2014) Public Services International and the International Trade Union Confederation are urgently calling for letters of protest to be sent to the Peruvian Minister of Labour in support of Luis Isarra, the general secretary of Federation of Unions of Water Workers of Peru (FENTAP). Luis’s permanent union leave has been revoked by the Peruvian Government just before the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP20) which is due to open in Lima this month. Luis is responsible for (...)

Ukrainian unions threatened by nationalists and separatists

(1st July 2014) Ukrainian trade unions are reporting that there are now constant attacks against their leadership and members by nationalist radicals. A recent meeting of the Presidium of the confederation was interrupted by a crowd seeking to intervene in the meeting. Similar elements in the Verhovna Rada, the Ukranian Parliament, have tabled a resolution seeking an investigation into the union activities and especially the use of the properties of the union. For many years there have been (...)

Jailed Turkish trade unionists released

Update (27 June 2014) EPSU has been informed that the 17 trade unionists which were arrested, have been released. EPSU has asked the Turkish authorities for an independent investigation of the police force used. Free Turkish trade unionists inmediately! EPSU call for an immediate halt to trade union repression (25 June 2014) We just got the worrying news that General Secretary of DISK, Ms. Arzu Çerkezoğlu was beaten and detained during a sit-in in front of the national parliament in Ankara. (...)

Workers Memorial Day - EU Commission President Barroso complicit as workers keep dying

(24 April 2014) Every year workers and their trade unions remember the many thousands world wide that die in workplace accidents each year. We remember those workers that die of occupational diseases. Many of these accidents and deaths because of diseases can be prevented by appropriate laws, controls and sanctions. And while we remember the workers that have died, we also recall those who are responsible for putting pressure on workers to work unsafely, our employers, and those (...)

Ukrainian trade unions publish election manifest: democracy, wages, corruption, independent state

(23 April 2014) With tensions very high following the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the unrest in the Eastern part of Ukraine, threats to gas supplies as well as the policies announced by the government and IMF, the country is also facing Presidential elections in May. The trade unions have issued their election manifesto taking as their reference democracy and achieving European standards of living. They expect the future President of Ukraine to ensure the development of Ukraine as a (...)

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