Over 65% of public service workers in the European Union are women who deserve recognition, in terms of the role they play, and in terms of the pay they receive. Closing the gender pay gap and improving women’s pay is a key issue to EPSU.
The pay gap in public services is about women getting less money than men for the same work or work of same value. It is also about women having fewer career opportunities than men.
Within the EPSU organization, we strive towards achieving gender equality in decision-making bodies and committees. Of the top 8 positions in EPSU, 4 are currently held by women, including the post of President, Deputy General Secretary, and Vice President. EPSU’s Gender Equality Committee has the same constitutional standing as the Executive Committee. More efforts must be deployed to be truly representative of our membership consisting of a large majority of women.
The WGEC Committee in its meeting of 10-11 September 2014 has elected and re-confirmed the following Presidency team for the new Congress period 2014-2019:
Gloria Mills, Chair, UNISON nominated by English-speaking Constituency
Alexa Wolfstädter, Vice-Chair nominated by German-speaking Constituency
Kalle Liivamägi, ROTAL nominated by the North-Eastern Constituency
We have adopted a Work Programme for the mid-term period 2014-2016/7 which you can access here
In the preamble of EPSU’s (...)
(11 July 2014, Brussels) The proposal to strengthen maternity leave and the rights of women who have recently given birth and/or are breastfeeding, commonly referred to as the Maternity Leave or Pregnant Workers’ Directive is being withdrawn by the European Commission and Council as part of the so-call ’REFIT’ agenda.
European Trade Unions, through the ETUC, together with EPSU and women’s organisations under the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) make an appeal to the European Parliament to oppose (...)
(3 July 2014) As result of the signing of the agreement establishing the European Works Committee of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT on 4 July 2013 and as part of the implementation of the transposition arrangements in the company GDF Suez, SUEZ Environment and the EWC have started negotiations on an equality and diversity agreement on 24 June 2014. To guarantee the representativity of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, this EWC includes 18 European representatives, including representatives from the European Trade Union (...)
(May 2014) What is the survey?
In 2009 EPSU, with the support of our Swedish affiliate Vision (then SKTF), carried out a survey of women’s representation in affiliates’ decision-making bodies and other structures. This compared data from 2008 and 2000 to see to what extent the position of women had changed over that period. We wanted to repeat this exercise and compare to update the survey to see whether there has been any improvement in the position of women since 2009.
Why is it needed? (...)
EPSU Follow-Up Project Meeting “Promoting trade union solutions to close the gender pay gap in the public sector in Europe”
Languages (active): EN, FR, DE, SV, ES, HR (active)
10.00-16.00, 15th November 2013
Austria Trend Hotel Favorita, Laxenburger Strasse 8-10, A-1100 Vienna
part form Invitation letter
(11 October 2013) Gloria Mills from UNISON has been elected Vice-President of the ETUC Women’s Committee with a cast of 40 from 42 votes. Gloria is the acting chair of the EPSU’s Women and Gender Equality and is the UNISON spokesperson on equality. The candidacy was firmly supported by EPSU and the Trade Union Congress.
The Presidency of the ETUC Women’s Committee will be taken by the newly elected French colleague Sponem Perez from Force Ouvrière.
Gloria Mills was elected President of the (...)
In 2009 EPSU, with the support of our Swedish affiliate Vision (then SKTF), carried out a survey of women’s representation in affiliates’ decision-making bodies and other structures. This compared data from 2008 and 2000 to see to what extent the position of women had changed over that period.
The survey findings were published in a report that was presented to the EPSU Executive Committee in November 2009, Women’s representation in EPSU and affiliates, which you can find here and the (...)
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