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Women’s and Gender Equality

Gender Equality – public service workers leading the way

- Find out who is your EPSU representative for Gender Equality here

- Check out EPSU Congress 2009-2014 Resolutions on equal pay: Equal Pay and Equal Pay in female dominated sectors

What are the main issues for EPSU ?

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.

- Find out more about EPSU and Women’s and Gender Equality Committee

Equal pay - a necessary investment for Swedish unions says EPSU President

(13 February 2015) Annelie Nordström, EPSU President and Chair of KOMMUNAL argues in an newspaper article that equal pay is a necessary investment for Swedish unions. According to Swedish statistics women still earn only 94 percent of what men earn in the same job . The Swedish Equal Pay Campaign organized with all major Swedish trade unions also underlines that the average woman earns 4500 SEK less than the average man in Sweden. That is 54 000 SEK in a year and during an entire work life (...)

Consultation Meeting with Social Partners at European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius

(20 November 2014) The Social Partners represented by ETUC, EPSU, ETUCE, Business Europe, CEEP and UAPME met in Vilnius on 17 November to discuss how to work together to promote and support gender equality in the EU. EPSU was represented by C. Jakob, Policy Officer for Local and Regional Government and Gender Equality. The Social Partners and EIGE discussed how to identify common priorities. A joint analysis made was that the crisis has reduced certain gender equality achievements and (...)

Spanish Prime Minister drops anti-abortion law and resigns

(25 September 2014) Earlier this year, the Spanish Conservative government had presented a bill to reform the abortion law, depriving women of the right to choose whether to carry on with their pregnancy. If passed this legislation would have taken women’s rights back to the 1960s and out of step to most of the European countries. This proposal have generated major opposition across Spain and Europe. EPSU adopted a resolution during its Congress in May 2014 and wrote to the Spanish (...)

Follow-Up/Outcomes WGEC 10-11 September 2014

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 (...)

Women & Gender Equality Committee (2 days)

10 - 11 September 2014

EPSU joins call to fight for a decent maternity leave

(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 (...)

La FSESP se joint à l’appel pour lutter pour un congé de maternité décent

EPSU se suma a la lucha por una baja por maternidad digna

Negotiations on equality/diversity agreement have started in Suez Environment

(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 (...)

Q&A on ‘Women in EPSU Survey’

(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? (...)

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