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Solidarity with Greek workers and people

(15 July 2015) EPSU affiliate Adedy is organising a general strike against the agreement reached between the Eurogroup and the Greek government 15 July. Adedy opposes the continued austerity imposed on Greece. The public service federation rejects the privatisation of public services and companies. The unions do not want Greece to be subject to supervision. As the details of the agreement become clear, so does the extent of the changes that the Eurogroup want to impose on Greece. This (...)

STAL celebrates 40 years and supports Hands off Public Services Campaign

(23 June 2015) Addressing the increase of precarious work, opposing the privatisation campaign of the rightwing government, formulating the collective bargaining agenda for the new period and reflecting on the importance of the forthcoming elections, close to 200 delegates of the Portuguese local public services union STAL had a lot to debate at their conference. They also adopted a firm position against CETA, and opposed the TTIP and TISA negotiations. The conference also celebrated the (...)

Court tells Maltepe University Hospital Employer: reinstate workers or pay compensation

(28 May 2015) After months of struggle, the dismissed workers and their union Dev-Saglik-Is saw a judge rule that the workers need to be re-instated or the company has to pay significant compensation. This is the first verdict applying to around 1/3 of the workers concerned. Other verdicts are to follow. The private company that owns the university and hospital does not get away with simply dismissing workers for their trade union activity and for their demands for improved pay and (...)

Childcare workers start strike in Germany - demanding recognition of their work

(8 May 2015) After weeks of negotiations with the municipal employers who refused to come forward with a decent proposal that would recognise the skills, qualifications and value of the work of childcare workers, EPSU affiliate Ver.di started a ballot amongst its members to explore if they were ready to go to action. Almost 93% said yes to the action and the result in other unions was 95% or more. The anger was high and strikes for an undefinite period started Friday 8 May. The workers are (...)

EPSU message of sympathy and solidarity to the General Federation of Yemen Trade Unions

(25 March 2015) Following the acts of gruesome violence that killed innocent men and women in the Badr and Al-Hashoosh Mosques, EPSU sent a message of sympathy and solidarity to the trade unions in Yemen. We strongly condemn such violence. The country is in a new spiral of violence and it is the working men and women, their families and communities that suffer. We support the fight for peace and prosperity of our colleagues. EPSU solidarity letter to Yemen T.U. workers Statement of (...)

Belgian unions protest government measures and interference in social dialogue

(16 March 2015) Belgian workers continue to be angry over the freeze of wages and other austerity and ideology driven measures. EPSU staff joined a demonstration of the three Belgian confederations and affiliates to underline that the government should respect the results of the social dialogue. The demonstration took place 11 March 2015, Brussels. Over 10.000 workers participated, twice the expected number. Belgian public service workers will continue their actions against governments cuts (...)

EPSU protests arrests of health workers Maltepe University Hospital Istanbul

(26 February 2015) The police brutally removed protesting workers from the offices of the Maltepe University Hospital in Istanbul Wednesday 25th February. The workers are protesting the dismissal of 98 workers after these workers joined EPSU affiliate Dev Sağlık-İş - the health union of the progressive labour confederation, DISK. They demanded better pay and conditions which had been discussed for several years. The unionists were dismissed 6 December 2014. The workers have established a (...)

EPSU backs Norwegian unions’ strike against labour law changes

(26 January 2015) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to its Norwegian affiliates and all the unions in the three confederations who will be taking strike action and joining the demonstrations planned for hundreds of towns and cities across the country on 28 January. The coordinated political strike has been called in protest at government plans to weaken important elements of the Work Environment Act. EPSU agrees that the proposed changes will lead to more precarious employment and (...)

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 (...)

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