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Belgian General Strike 15 December 2014 - EPSU expresses solidarity

(11 December 2014) All EPSU affiliates will engage in a general strike against the austerity policies announced by the Federal government, 15 December. The country will come to a halt as workers protest wage freeze, attacks on pension entitlements and the right to strike, cuts in public services and many more. The national general strike follows the large national demonstration 6 November in which also EPSU staff participated. Three regional strikes took place 24 November, 1 and on 8 (...)

General strike in Italy on 12 December

(11 December 2014) EPSU supports Italian strikes to defend workers and public services EPSU sends its solidarity greeting to the CGIL and UIL confederations that have called a general strike tomorrow (12 December). The strike is in protest at a range of government policies whose affects will be to weaken employment protection and undermine public services. Reflecting the kinds of policies advocated by the European Commission, the Italian government is pushing for structural reforms and (...)

EPSU supports Hungarian and Montenegrin public service workers in protests

(5 December 2014) Public service workers will protest against austerity measures in Budapest and Podgorica this Saturday 6 December. Public service workers salaries remain the target of government budget cuts, with wages in Montenegro now frozen for the last 6 years and foreseen to be kept at current levels for another 4 years. This is a significant loss of income for many workers. EPSU has sent its solidarity greetings. Although workers are from different countries, we are fighting the (...)

EPSU supports Greek workers and citizens in their action today

(27 November 2014) EPSU, the European federation of public services workers supports the general strike you are organising together with GSEE, today 27 november. Greek workers and citizens continue to show resistance against the austerity measures of the Greek government that are affecting public services and workers. What the European union needs is investment and a end to austerity. While the recent plans of the new EU juncker commission are an indication that there is an understanding (...)

EPSU supports subcontracted workers in Turkey

(24 November 2014) Several thousands of workers protested against the lack of progress to get pay and conditions protection for subcontracted workers in the Turkish Directorate of Highways. The employer has been refusing to extend the coverage of the collective agreement to these workers despite several Court cases, and all won by the trade union. Turkish affiliate Yol-iS organised the demonstration 24 November 2014, Ankara. EPSU and PSI sent solidarity letters. EPSU letter to Turkish (...)

EPSU backs second week of industrial action by UK health workers

(21 November 2014) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to the hundreds of thousands of health workers across England who will be taking strike action on Monday (24 November) followed by a work-to-rule during the rest of week. This is the next stage in the unions’ campaign for a decent pay rise. There was massive support for the earlier industrial action that took place in the week beginning 13th October. Anger over the government’s failure to honour the pay rise recommended by the independent (...)

Home and other careworkers protest over cuts to public spending and jobs in Netherlands

(13 November 2014) Close to 3000 home care workers gathered to protest against the adoption of a new law on long-term care which would lead to cuts in public spending, closure of care centres and loss of jobs. They sent a strong message to the Dutch Parliament which will consider the law shortly. The homecarers handed in more than 159.000 signatures to protect care services in the Netherlands. If the government will not consider the proposals from the unions, the FNV unions will start a (...)

Britain needs a pay rise – EPSU supports the thousands who marched for fair pay

Saturday 18 October, EPSU General Secretary marched together with thousands of workers in London with the message: "Britain Needs a Pay Rise - because we’re Worth It". More details websites of EPSU affiliated unions in UK: UNISON UNITE the Union GMB FBU PCS RCN FDA

EPSU supports Ukrainian health workers’ protests

(17 October 2014) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to the Ukrainian Health Workers’ Union in its struggle to prevent thousands of job cuts. On Wednesday 15 October, union members took strike action and made up a major part of a demonstration outside the Cabinet Ministers’ office organised by the Ukrainian trade union confederation. The demonstration was over attacks on labour rights, demands for decent pay and work but also highlighted the threat to 25,000 health jobs. The government is (...)

AbvaKabo decide merger with confederation and other unions

(13 October 2014) The Dutch trade union AbvaKabo took a decision to merger with several other unions. Delegates representing 94% of the members voted in favour. The union will merger with the construction union, with the union (FNV Bondgenoten) organising workers in transport, waste, metal, food, ports, with the union organising in sport and next year with the union involved in the graphical and culture sector. The merger will also involve the confederation, creating a union with 1.1 (...)

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