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EPSU condemns massacres by ISIS

(23 October 2014) EPSU is very concerned about the terror of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that affects all working men and women in Syria and Iraq and leads to many refugees seeking safety in Turkey and other countries in the region. EPSU’s affiliates unions including the affiliates of the confederations of KESK and DISK as well as Hizmet-Is and Yol-Is have drawn our attention to the situation condemning the attacks on people on the basis of ethnic, religious or other (...)

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 (...)

UK Strike on 10 July also effects Northern Ireland - NIPSA part of the action

(9 July 2014) The unions have informed of the many rallies, marches and demonstrations that are taking place across the UK. Also in Northern Ireland local government and other public services workers will be coming out on strike 10 July. They are joined by EPSU Northern Ireland affiliate NIPSA which has also voted YES to the strike action in support for a decent pay raise for the workers in local government after years of pay freezes, cuts in allowances that have eroded purchasing power wih (...)

Solidarity with Greek unions’ actions to defend jobs and the right to strike

(8 July 2014) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to public sector confederation ADEDY for the 24-hour strike action it has called for Wednesday 9 July. ADEDY is protesting at further cuts in public sector jobs and attacks on pay and pensions. Further layoffs are planned by the end of 2014 even though the government is ahead of its deadline to cut 150,000 jobs by 2015 (see note). EPSU supports ADEDY’s challenge to the job cuts, which as with several other countries across Europe have been (...)

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