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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 (...)

EPSU backs action by UK local government workers, civil servants, fire-fighters and teachers out on strike 10 July

(8 July 2014) EPSU sends its solidarity greetings to local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland following their vote to take industrial action in support of their pay claim. Members of GMB, UNITE and UNISON will be out on strike 10 July. Over a million local government workers experienced a three-year pay freeze between 2010 and 2012 and a below inflation pay increase last year. Taking account of inflation, local government pay is on average 18% less than it was four (...)

EPSU expresses support for Romanian health workers in pay dispute - international delegation to join picket

(23 June 2014) The Romanian EPSU affiliate Sanitas, organising health and social workers, is starting picketing of Romanian government institutions on 23 June. Workers will demonstrate the discontent with the lack of progress in a pay dispute. The Romanian government is not implementing the agreement reached with the union, refuses to end its ban on hiring new staff despite the lack of more than 40.000 skilled staff and fails to publish the collective agreement in the official magazines. (...)

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