The health and social services sector is a large and diverse sector, including many different services such as hospitals, child care, community health services, social work and homes for older and disabled people. We represent 3.5 million health and social services workers across Europe, and are engaged in a wide range of issues on their behalf. The categories of workers range from social worker to doctor to hospital cleaner to medical secretary to nurse.
EPSU is the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in the hospital and health care sector throughout the European Union.
(16 October 2014) EPSU wrote to EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg (outgoing) and Vytenis Andriukaitis (incoming) as well as to future EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, to demand that the Commission instructs Member States to issue clear precautionary protection guidance. Sufficient staff needs to be available to deal with infected patients and to assist each other.
We want protective equipment like suits, respirators of the highest (...)
(EPSU-PSI Joint Statement - 16 October 2014) To date 416 health workers have been infected with Ebola. 233 health workers have already died. Nearly half (118) were members of PSI affiliated trade unions in West-Africa. Health care workers are the unsung heroes of this crisis.
By 8 October 2014, the outbreak of EVD had already caused the death of over 4,000 people and more than twice that number may be ill (more than 8,300 persons) according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
It is (...)
(16 October 2014) The 41st Standing Committee of the Health and Social Services sector of EPSU met to elect a new leadership after the EPSU Congress that took place in Toulouse on May 2014.
The meeting that took place in Brussels saw the election of Margret Steffen (Ver.di, Germany) as President, Christina McAnea (UNISON, UK), Maryvonne Nicolle (CFDT Santé Services Sociaux, France) and Kirsi Sillanpää (Tehy, Finland) as the 3 Vice-Presidents.
A major debate was about establishing links with (...)
(Press Communication, 9 October 2014) The EPSU Health and Social Services Committee, representing over 3.5 million health and social services workers across Europe sends its solidarity to the frontline workers in Madrid and other countries who are risking their lives fighting Ebola. We recall the several thousands that have died from the virus in West-Africa, including many health care workers.
Their courageous work is invaluable for our societies. Yet Spanish Government officials and (...)
(Brussels, 4 July 2014 - EPSU Press Communication) In a joint statement the German and Spanish health and social services trade unions together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the voice of Europe’s care workers, stress their determination in the fight against rogue employers that take advantage of health workers. A recent example is how a Berlin-based care company exploited Spanish nurses and offered lower pay and conditions than those stipulated by the (...)
(4 July 2014) Free movement within Europe is a key right for workers, nevertheless this implies certain risks. In this context, the increasing mobility of health workers in Europe can be taken advantage of by companies that treat their workers in an indecent and illegal way, and do not comply with collective agreements and labour law in order to make profits at the expense of health workers and quality public services. This phenomenon has been exacerbated by the financial and economic (...)
(4. Juli 2014) Die Freizügigkeit in Europa ist eines der zentralen Rechte für Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer. Allerdings sind damit auch immer wieder Risiken verbunden. Denn der zunehmenden Mobilität von Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmern auch im Gesundheitssektor stehen immer wieder einzelne Unternehmen aus dieser Branche gegenüber, die ihre Beschäftigten ungerecht behandeln sowie Tarifverträge und Arbeitsrecht missachten, um Gewinne auf Kosten von Beschäftigten und Patienten zu machen. (...)
(4 de julio 2014) La libre circulación en Europa es un derecho fundamental para los trabajadores, sin embargo, esto implica ciertos riesgos. En este contexto, el aumento de la movilidad de los trabajadores de la salud en Europa puede ser aprovechado por empresas que tratan a sus trabajadores de una manera indecente e ilegal, y no cumplen con los convenios colectivos y la legislación laboral con el fin de obtener beneficios a costa de la salud los trabajadores y los servicios públicos de (...)
(Brussels, 19 June 2014 - EPSU Press Communication) The health ministers meeting in Luxembourg today and tomorrow (19-20 June) urgently need to push for sweeping changes to the European Commission’s country-specific recommendations on health and long-term care. EPSU, the trade union federation for health care workers across Europe, argues that the Commission is failing to acknowledge the increasing urgency of health problems in many countries in Europe and is more concerned with budgetary (...)