(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 (...)
(Press Release, 14 November 2014, Brussels) As the Ebola case of the Spanish nurse, Teresa Romero, seems to be stabilised, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the most representative European organisation for health workers, starts demanding a proper response and that responsibilities are clearly defined and also actually assumed in case of problems or mistakes.
In Europe, only one person was infected by the Ebola epidemic. So far, the two victims of the disease who (...)
Media Advisory: MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP Nessa Childers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) will hold a press conference with health workers of Carlos III - La Paz hospital of Madrid that fought Ebola.
Brussels, 12 November 2014 - MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP Nessa Childers and the EPSU (European Federation of Public Service Unions) the most representative European organization of health workers, have jointly promoted and organised the visit of health (...)
image ©Global panorama (3 November 2014) With the European Commission starting its work this week, also the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Styliadis take his place. He will be coordinating EU policies with regard to containing and combating the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West-Africa. We asked the Commissioner to meet up with the health workers unions as their members are in the front-line of dealing with infected people last Friday. The unions have (...)
(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 (...)