(Brussels, 25 November 2013)
The paper describes the impact of the financial and economic crisis, as well as austerity measures on the health care systems, the health workforce and patients.
There is currently sufficient evidence for the negative and in some countries partly devastating effects of austerity policies on the financing and provision of services of general interest essential to promote the proper functioning of our economies and the cohesion of our societies, including on (...)
Brussels, 15 October 2013/2 December 2013
EPSU Key Issues Paper entitled "Current developments in the health care sector, in the labour market for the health professions and in respect of the qualification, skills and competences of health workers – perspectives for trade union action in a European context" has been elaborated over the summer 2013. The document was adopted by the EPSU Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" on 15 October 2013.
The document 1) starts with a (...)
(Brussels/Belgrade 9 and 10 October 2013)
About 25 participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina (from the Republic of Srpska), the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovakia participated in the EPSU Regional Health Conference for Central Europe and Western Balkan. The event took place on 9 and 10 October 2013 in Belgrade and was organised by EPSU’s Regional Secretary for the region in close cooperation with the colleagues from the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers of Serbia (...)
(Brussels/Nicosia, 31 October 2013)
EPSU has written to the Minister of Finance of Cyprus to protest about the government’s decision to make drastic cuts to nurses’ pay and conditions without any preceding dialogue with trade unions and employers’ organisations.
The measures include a 15% reduction to all shift benefits of nursing personnel for night shifts and 35% for Sundays and public holidays, as of 1 January 2013. In addition, on 26 September 2013 the government proposed a law which, if (...)
15 October 2013, Luxembourg
Interpretation has been confirmed by the EC Services for English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Swedish (active) and Dutch, Greek and Italian (passive).
PRACTICAL DETAILS AND REIMBURSEMENT MODALITIES
Colleagues representing EPSU affiliates in the sectors HSS are invited to participate in the meeting. We expect participating unions to cover all travel and subsistence costs of their representatives. Committee members from countries under (...)
(Brussels, 21 August 2013) Riga, 18 June 2013
In Latvia the European Social Model – that i.a. guarantees all EU citizens to have access to a set of basic human and fundamental rights, including health care, as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Art. 35 – is under considerable pressure and actually at stake for an increasing part of the population in their role as patients, also having very negative effects on the health workers. This is no new situation, it is known to Latvian (...)
(Brussels, 20 August 2013)
On 20 August 2013 EPSU sent in its reply to an open consultation launched by the European Commission end of May 2013 to learn about stakeholders’ view on how to shape a future policy framework or strategy on occupational safety and health at EU level until the end of this decade. EPSU organises workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services, local and regional government and central administration in all European countries. Examples, (...)
Brussels / Bucharest, 14 March 2013
EPSU organised a conference on workforce migration in the health care sector for the health trade unions in Bulgaria and Romania. The conference was held on 20 and 21 February 2013 in Bucharest and was attended by 32 participants from the 4 health unions from the 2 South-Eastern European countries. Important contributions were made by representatives of these affiliates, including Claudia Petcu, Secretary General, SANITAS, and Zlata Zlatanova, (...)
14 March 2013, Brussels
Venue: European Transport Workers Federation (ETF), Galerie AGORA, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 105 – 1000 Brussels
Map of the venue area (ETF)
preceded by the Working Group Social Services on 13 March 2013 and followed by a meeting on EU-level initiatives dealing with qualifications, skills and competences and EPSU’s priorities and role on 15 March 2013 (in EPSU Office, Rue Joseph II 40, 1000 Brussels.
EPSU HSS - KEY DATES 2013 (as of 24 January 2013)
Brussels/Strasbourg, 24 January 2013
On 23 January 2013 the IMCO Committee with a large majority (33 votes in favour, 4 against, 2 abstentions) adopted about 30 compromise amendments to MEP Bernadette Vergnaud’s (S&D Group, France) draft report on the EC proposal for a directive to amend Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (including a regulation on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System). The final vote in the EP (...)