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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 (...)

Solidarity greetings to health unions in England for their industrial action over pay

(10 October 2014) Health worker representatives from more than 20 countries across Europe meeting in Brussels yesterday sent out a clear message of support and solidarity to the health unions in England taking industrial action next week. The EPSU Health and Social Services Committee recognises the level of anger that has lead to massive levels of support for the action. This is not only in the UNISON, Unite and GMB trade unions but also in the Royal College of Midwives where members voted (...)

EPSU sends solidarity greetings to striking health workers

(2 October 2014) Following yesterday’s demonstrations in Greece, EPSU sends its support to the thousands of hospitals workers who are taking strike action today in defence of the health service and jobs. The strike has been called by the POEDHN health workers’ union part of the ADEDY confederation which is extremely concerned about current health reforms which it sees as leading to further privatisation. The health service has been under sustained attack over the last six years as the (...)

Thousands of trade unionists gathered in Brussels 23 September to ask for social justice, jobs and fair taxation

(24 September 2014) As the representatives of the future new Belgian government are preparing their social and economic program, Belgian trade unions (FGTB, CSC et CGSLB) want to remind them that there are alternatives to austerity to get out of the crisis; wages freeze, pension reform, higher VAT, threats on social security will lead to a “social hell” and an economic disaster. The measures planned by this right-wing coalition are a social regression that is unacceptable. The unions are (...)

EPSU supports SIPTU members in their strike

(6 August 2014) EPSU is extremely concerned to learn about SIPTU’s dispute with Greyhound Recycling and Recovery waste company owned by the brothers Michael and Brian Buckley, and which has led to workers being locked out since 17th June. It is not acceptable that the company’s management attempt to force workers to accept wage cuts of up to 35% and that they employ strikebreakers to carry out waste collections during the dispute. We extend our solidarity to all of the 78 SIPTU members (...)

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