EPSU Social Services Profiling Brochure, September 2015/January 2016
(25 January 2016) According to a report published last month by the independent think-tank ResPublica*, around 37.000 places in care homes for the elderly could be lost over the next five years, unless the government tackles a predicted £1.1 billion shortfall in funding from local authorities.
ResPublica reports that if nothing is done to plug the funding gap, then many care homes will face closure, with the risk that the National Health Service will be forced to take up the slack at a much (...)
Brussels, 1 December 2015
On 1 December 2015 the Working Group on Public Services of the European Parliament Common Goods and Public Services Intergroup hosted a public hearing to exchange on the need of creating and protecting quality jobs in the social services sector. It was hosted by Jean-Paul Denanot MEP (S&D/France), the chairperson of this working group. Interventions by Jens Nilsson MEP (S&D/Sweden), Co-Chair of the Social Economy Intergroup, Laura Jones, General Secretary (...)
(1st December 2015) On November the 19th, EPSU attended the conference on child poverty organised by the Social & Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament. Integrated approaches and good coordination between the EU and its Member States were presented as possible solutions to child poverty.
The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being: actions on lifting children out of poverty and integrated strategies
23.5 million children in Europe live in poverty or social (...)
Brussels, 14 October 2015
EPSU’s Working Group “Social Services” on 23 September 2015 was attended by 44 colleagues from 14 countries and from 30 affiliates and four guest speakers.
It was built around four topics:
1) child care (services),
2) long-term/elderly care and personal and household services,
3) ethical recruitment and fair employment conditions for migrant health and social care workers and
4) the framework and thematic priorities for a future cooperation of EPSU with (...)
(6 October 2015 - EPSU Statement) EPSU commissioned a briefing on the social and economic benefits of investing into good quality childcare and early years education to the Labour Research Department (LRD). The briefing gives an overview over cost-benefit studies that demonstrate the social and economic (short and long term) benefits from such investment. In principle, those studies demonstrate that the return on investment is up to three or four times higher than the actual initial (...)
23 September 2015, Brussels
(12 March 2015)
Child care In the WG SS, Yves Hellendorff from CNE, Belgium, presented an initiative that caused their membership in the sector to rise with 19 % in 2014 by starting a joint campaign with the employers explaining social dialogue and offering workers the possibilities of further training. The initiative has especially addressed young unemployed people and elderly awaiting their pension.
EPSU is preparing a briefing on trade union successes in organisation and recruitment, (...)
25 February 2015, Brussels
Joint EPSU - ETUI Course
27-29 January 2015, Zagreb
The Education Department of the European Trade Union Institute will organise a joint course with the European Federation of Public Service Unions Recruiting and organising in social services in South East Europe which will be held from 27 to 29 January 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. Aims
To identify best ways to communicate with members and potential members
To exchange practices on campaigning and recruitment/retaining techniques