(Joint press release, Brussels, 05 May 2015) – What role can ethical recruitment play for fair distribution of health workers? and, what role has Europe in ensuring that freedom of movement of health workers in the Single Market does not translate into unequitable access to health services in less affluent regions? These are some of the questions that today’s event, ‘Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’ responded to.
Jointly organised by the (...)
(27 April 2015) Braving a cold wind, several hundred protestors gathered in front of the national library where the European Union health ministers were meeting in Riga. The workers were protesting the continued freeze of public funding for health and social services. With the demonstration the workers showed that there is not a Latvian success story.
The public health system is under a lot of pressure due to lack of funding. Health workers (nurses, doctors and others) have migrated. This (...)
(10 April 2015) The 6th Congress of the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers was held on 8 April 2015 in Minsk. 314 of 320 delegates attended the Congress.
With over 95% of workers in heath care organised the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers is focusing on establishing unions in the non-public sector. The union is reporting significant growth of membership. It has also been successful in improving wages of health care workers with 22.7% in 2014 compared with 2013. This (...)
(26 March 2015) EPSU (C. Jakob and C. Hernandez) participated to the breakfast session “Job Creation and Economic growth in HSS” and the contribution of non-profit service providers organized by Social Services Europe (SSE) in the Economic and Social Committee.
There is a need to push for more attention to Social Services. The sector suffers from a vacuum between demand and supply, and thus composes job creation opportunities. The speakers agree on the essential need to improve (...)
(30 January 2015)
On 29 January 2015 EPSU sent a letter of solidarity to the Trade Union Health Federation of Kosovo (FSSHK) fully supporting the strike action on 30 January 2015 in all the health institutions, when also patients showed their comprehension for this step taken. Negotiations with the Prime Minister had failed.
EPSU also had sent letters to the President and the Prime Minister of Kosovo calling upon them to take action to address the problems identified by (...)
(22 December 2014) Management of the University Hospital of Maltepe in Istanbul dismissed 98 workers, 6 December 2014. These workers have been dismissed for being a member of the health workers trade union of Dev Sağlık-İş of DISK. These workers have started a picket to demand re-instatement.
The workers joined the union to seek to improve their working conditions in the hospital. These were getting worse for them and the hospital workers joined Dev Sağlık-İş. Workers demand higher wages, (...)
(2 December 2014 - ETUC Press Release) The EU must take action to stop the 100,000 deaths a year caused by occupational cancers.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) meeting in Brussels today condemned the European Commission for blocking health and safety improvements(*) and for putting forward an extremely weak health and safety strategy (‘Framework Strategy 2014-2020’).
The ETUC called today for
Legally enforceable exposure limits for 50 of the most cancer-causing chemicals (...)
Bilbao/Brussels, 1 December 2014
EPSU in November 2014 became official campaign partner of the 2014/2015 Healthy Workplaces Campaign “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress” of the European Agency on Health and Safety at Work (EU OSHA), alongside other European trade union federations and jointly with HOSPEEM. You can visit here the campaign partner website for EPSU.
You can read here the letter of EU OSHA’s Director Dr. Christa Sedlatschek confirming to EPSU having been accepted as European (...)
(28 November 2014) On 27 November the European Commissioner for Health and Food, Vytenis Andriukaitis launched the idea of an EU "single market for health services". EPSU has asked for a meeting with the Commissioner to clarify what is intended. EPSU has serious concerns about this idea and how it would achieve better quality care for all EU citizens. An internal market would involve a fundamental reform of healthcare systems including competition and privatisation. Discussing this (...)