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.
(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 (...)
Riga, 22 April 2014/Brussels, 30 May 2014
LVSADA campaign "On the right to health care!" and successful appeal to Latvian MEP candidates
Running towards the elections to the European Parliament end of May, the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees of Lativa (LVSADA) has launched a campaign aimed at increasing the Latvian population’s access to quality and timely medical care and an appeal to Latvian MEP candidates.
When Latvia joined the European Union (EU) Latvian citizens were (...)
(12 May 2014) EPSU healthcare unions were the biggest group at the recent meeting organised by the FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung) for unions in south east Europe, showing the good organisation and cooperation developed by EPSU affiliates in this sector.
The meeting brought together 110 senior trade union representatives from a range of sectors in 9 countries and was entitled “Empowerment of Trade Unions in Times of Crisis – Challenges in South East Europe.”
Many countries in the region are (...)
Brussels, 24 April 2014
FEMS, the European Federation of Salaried Doctors/Fédération Européenne des Médicins Salariés, has initiated an Action Day of the European Doctors on 15 May 2014.
The four main claims are :
• Secure money to ensure quality health for all European citizens
• Stop corruption
• Stop repression on Doctors
• Decent Salaries and decent Working Conditions for all European Doctors
On that day FEMS plans to hold a demonstration in front of the EU buildings in Brussels. (...)
Granada, 12 April 2014 / Brussels, 24 April 2014
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) from 9 to 12 April 2014 organised its 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada (Spain).
The participants adopted a declaration as they felt that "when many European countries are implementing austerity policies, it is especially important that the public health community should speak out on behalf of the poor and marginalized. Among them are many migrants, who (...)
Brussels, 10 April 2014
The EPSU article "The Country-Specific Recommendations as a tool of European Economic Governance – Implications for Trade Unions organising in Health Care, Elderly and Child Care" provides a description and analysis of the country-specific-recommendations for 2013-2014, and reflects on the implications of European Economic Governance on trade unions organising in health care, elderly and child care services. The article is meant to provide an overview of the EU-wide (...)