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More and better jobs in Irish healthcare top priority

(Cork, Ireland, 7 October 2015) One of the main themes of SIPTU’s health conference was the need to improve Irish healthcare and to invest in quality jobs and services. Especially for care assistants steps are needed to ensure proper recognition and value is given to this growing profession. At the conference EPSU presented the work of the health and social services committee including initiatives to improve pay and working conditions in the care sector. This is fundmental to ensuring (...)

Finnish unions thank all for solidarity with actions 18 September - Finnish government turns around

update (1st October 2015) Finnish government turns around Update (30 September 2015): Finnish unions thank all for solidarity with actions 18 September. They also provide further information on the ongoing conflict Sent on behalf of Jarkko Eloranta Dear Colleagues, JHL and other Finnish EPSU-PSI affiliates wish to thank you for your encouraging solidarity messages sent in connection of the demonstration organised by the Finnish trade union movement on September 18, 2015. The rally in (...)

Finnish unions mobilise against government attack on employment rights

(16 September 2015) Thousands of Finnish workers are set to join a major demonstration this Friday (18 September) in protest at government plans to cut holiday entitlement, sick leave and overtime pay. All three Finnish trade union confederations are mobilising for the action. Unions are not just angry about the reduction in employee pay and benefits but about the unprecedented government intervention in the collective bargaining system. The government proposals include: Setting a (...)

Unions mobilise against labour code changes

(10 September 2015) EPSU affiliates in Lithuania will be joining other trade unions today in a major protest against proposed changes to the labour code. Under the banner "No to slavery at work", trade unions will be raising their voices against radical reforms that will undermine many basic employment and trade union rights. If implemented the changes will mean more precarious working conditions, pressure to work longer hours and worsening provision for working parents. The consequences (...)

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 (...)

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