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Mads Samsing, HK Kommunal, Denmark, is the President of the EPSU Standing Committee for local and regional government. Christine Jakob is the EPSU policy officer for the sector.

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What are the main issues for EPSU?

Local public services are, by definition, at the front line of public services. Users have direct experience of those who provide those services, be they fire-fighters, waste workers, community liaison personnel, or local administrators issuing documents and providing guidance. EPSU is committed to ensuring that quality services are provided to all users. We are committed to high quality and efficient public services based on a well-educated and skilled work force. Working conditions for local and regional government employees is a main plank of this commitment but only a part. EPSU is also pledged to the promotion of open, transparent public procurement that puts the aim of the vital services first. EPSU is convinced that assessing public procurement regimes, means assessing their environmental and social impact, as well as the cost.

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Report on the EPSU/ETUC Public Procurement Meeting ”Socially Responsible Procurement”

Brief report of ETUC/EPSU workshop on Public Procurement, 21 May 2015 Introduction Mads Samsing, Chair of EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government opened the workshops and welcomed all participants. He introduced the objectives of the workshop, which were to see how to make the most use of the new Public Procurement Directives in respecting the following: ensure respect for employment legislation and collective agreements conditions in public contracts (mandatory (...)

EPSU Regional Conference for Culture Workers in Hungary

(5 June 2015) EPSU Regional Conference for culture workers in Hungary Visegrad, 2-4 June The culture sector is undergoing painful restructuring. Librarians, museum workers, archivists and musicians discussed the impact of austerity on their jobs at an EPSU conference. It has a negative impact on the quality of services. Challenges Trade union leaders face challenging circumstances to protect workers under these conditions. The main problems discussed were low budgets and undervalued role (...)

EPSU, ETUC, Industriall and Uni-Europa met with DG Connect to discuss the impact of digitalization on private and public services and manufacturing

(5 May 2015) The four representatives of EPSU, ETUC, Industriall and Uni-Europa met on 4th of May to discuss the impact of digitalization on private and public services and manufacturing and employment, and the workers perspective of digitalization. This meeting was organized in advance of the publication of the so-called “Digital Single Market Package” that will be published in the upcoming days and will address issues like digital technology, digital integration, taxation and Internet (...)

The contribution of non-profit service providers to “Job Creation and economic growth in health and social services”

(26 March 2015) EPSU (C. Jakob and C. Hernandez) participated to the breakfast session “Job Creation and Economic growth in HSS” and the contribution of non-profit service providers organized by Social Services Europe (SSE) in the Economic and Social Committee. There is a need to push for more attention to Social Services. The sector suffers from a vacuum between demand and supply, and thus composes job creation opportunities. The speakers agree on the essential need to improve (...)

Working Group Social Services discusses investment in quality care and personal and household services

(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 (Read (...)

EPSU confirmed as most representative trade union organization for local and regional governments sectoral social dialogue

(3 March 2015) At European level, the European Commission established a Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for local and regional governments in 2004. According to the results of the study EPSU and CEMR are the most important EU-wide representatives of the sector’s employers and employees. The data collected for this study show that both European social partners currently involved in sectoral social dialogue affiliate the majority of national organisations which have a role in industrial (...)

Cities and Work - addressing the challenges

(2 March 2015) Most of the 24 million unemployed people live in towns and cities that host three quarter of the population in the European Union. Municipalities and their mayors and councils therefore play an important role in addressing the challenge of job creation and reducing poverty noted the network Eurocities at a seminar. Mayors of important European towns like Barcelona, Stockholm, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Birmingham and others expressed concern about the impact the financial and (...)

44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Local and Regional Government

24 February 2015

EPSU supports culture workers’ demonstration

(16 January 2015) EPSU sends its support to the KKDSZ culture workers’ union which is organising several demonstrations across Hungary on 20 January. The culture sector has been neglected by governments over many years with a third of jobs cut since 2008. The important role that workers play in museums, libraries and many other cultural institutions continues to be undervalued. Workers in the sector have not seen a pay rise for over 10 years and are surviving on poverty wages. Many trade (...)

EPSU meeting with the Committee of the Regions (CoR)

On 17 December EPSU met Karl-Heinz Lambertz President and Chiara Malagodi Deputy General Secretary of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss topical issues concerning public services and demands for public investment in Europe as well as on the role of social dialogue in local and regional government. Mr Lambertz stressed the need to reverse policies that define public services as an exception to ’normal’ market behaviour and (...)

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