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EPSU supports Greek unions’ strike to defend pensions

(2 February 2016) EPSU sends its solidarity greetings to ADEDY and GSEE for their general strike on 4 February. We note your serious concerns about the proposed Pensions Bill which will mean further cuts to a system that has already seen benefits slashed and retirement ages increased. There is clear evidence of the increase in poverty in Greece and no sign yet of a sustainable economic recovery. The measures being demanded by the country’s international creditors will only make the (...)

Italian federations take action at private care provider

(11 December 2015) EPSU has sent a solidarity message to the public service federations who have organised industrial action today at the Don Gnocchi private health care foundation. Members of FP-CGIL, CISL, UIL-FP and UIL-FPL are taking action across the country in protest at the Foundation’s withdrawal from the collective agreement. The unions are angry that the Foundation has failed to acknowledge the major sacrifices made by its employees in recent years and is now taking this (...)

Η EPSU υποστηρίζει τη δεύτερη γενική απεργία των συνομοσπονδιών ΓΣΕΕ και ΑΔΕΔΥ

(Brussels, 2 December 2015) Ακολουθώντας την επιτυχή κινητοποίηση στις 12 Νοεμβρίου, η EPSU στέλνει την αλληλεγγύη της προς την ΑΔΕΔΥ και τη ΓΣΕΕ για την επόμενη γενική απεργία στις 3 Δεκεμβρίου. Οι Έλληνες αντιμετωπίζουν την απειλή περαιτέρω περικοπών στο κοινωνικό κράτος, ως αποτέλεσμα των όρων που επιβάλλονται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή σε σχέση με το πρόσφατο πακέτο οικονομικής βοήθειας. Εάν εφαρμοστούν τα μέτρα αυτό θα σημάνει μια σημαντική μεταρρύθμιση και περικοπές στο σύστημα κοινωνικής ασφάλισης, μαζί με την εισαγωγή των έμμεσων φόρων όπου θα πλήξουν (...)

EPSU supports second general strike by GSEE and ADEDY confederations

Brussels, 2 December 2015 Following their successful mobilisation on 12 November, EPSU sends its solidarity to the ADEDY and GSEE confederations for their next general strike on 3 December. The Greek people are facing the threat of further cuts to the welfare state as a result of the conditions imposed by the European Commission in relation to the latest financial assistance package. If the measures are implemented they will mean a major reform and cuts to the social security system (...)

Unfreeze collective bargaining: EPSU support Italian unions’ demonstration on 28 November

(24 November 2015) Collective bargaining across the public sector in Italy has been frozen for six years and EPSU sends it support to all the public service unions who will be joining the national demonstration in Rome on 28 November. While many governments and public sector employers across Europe imposed pay freezes or cuts as part of their austerity measures, most have now begun to normalise their collective bargaining arrangements with moves to recuperate lost pay. The Italian (...)

Solidarity with the Greek unions

(9 November 2015) EPSU sends its solidarity greetings to the ADEDY and GSEE trade union confederations for the general strike planned for 12 November. We send our support to the Greek unions in challenging the policies that the government will be implementing as part of the latest bail-out deal. These include increases in indirect taxation, major changes to the public social insurance scheme, the privatization of remaining strategic parts of the public sector (energy, water, ports and (...)

In Memorium - Jevgenija Stalidzāne, President of the Latvian Trade Union "Energija "

(26 October 2015) The Latvian unions informed us that Jevgenija Stalidzāne, the President of the Latvian trade union "Energija" has suddenly died, 21 October 2015. Jevgenija has been the chair of the union for 10 years. Jevgenija was born 17.12.1944 EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan "Jevgenija was a remarkable person. Her influence went beyond the union. She was a tireless defender of public services and not just in the electricity sector. She spoke out for health care and other (...)

Austerity is devastating Greece

(21 October 2015) Imagine that you can not pay the metro ticket to get your kid to the hospital. The kid needs regular treatment of a psychiatrist. But cuts in your wage have left you and your family with such low income that this would wreck your budget. Cuts in wages and social security contributions have this effect in Greece. It is well documented that the number of suicides has increased dramatically in Greece. A psychiatrist tells us this during a visit to the largest public (...)

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 (...)

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