In support of EPSU’s resolution for the inclusion of binding social and environmental standards in the drafting of bilateral and multilateral European trade agreements.
(29 October 2014) The EPSU firefighters’ network notes with concern the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the US to agree a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the signing of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA), two agreements that aim at an increased liberalisation of (...)
(28 October 2014) Firefighters across Europe are united in our commitment to provide an excellent, professional service tackling all kinds of emergencies and disasters faced by our communities. Yet neoliberal austerity policies in many countries have slashed funding for firefighting and civil protection. EPSU and unions affiliated to the European firefighters’ network are sounding the alarm. These cuts put lives at risk and cost the economy millions. We want investment in our fire and (...)
Fire Brigades Union press release - Monday 27 October 2014
What: Meeting of European firefighters
Where: Fire Service Training Centre Westburn Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow G72 1AA
When: 12:30pm, Tuesday 28 October 2014
Firefighters from across Europe will meet in Glasgow for a European Public Service Union (EPSU) meeting to discuss the pressures facing fire and rescue services internationally and to sound the alarm about how dangerous austerity is for all firefighters.
(16 June 2014) EPSU has sent a further letter of support to FBU colleagues striking on several occasions now over pension rights.
FBU has produced a short film explaining the reasons for their action see www.fbu.org.uk
Request for solidarity messages LC 26 Request for Solidarity Messages
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EPSU backs action by UK local government workers, civil servants, fire-fighters and teachers out on strike 10 July
Ver.di solidarity letter (...)
(21 February 2014) The European Federation of Public Sector Unions (EPSU) together with its International organization Public Services International (PSI) have sent a letter to Georgian public authorities to denounce the working conditions of Georgian fire fighters and rescue workers.
EPSU and PSI stand shoulder to shoulder with their Georgian brothers and sisters.
EPSU-PSI protest letter Firefighters OSH protest letter (...)
(12 December 2013) The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) has published a report on asbestos related occupational diseases in Central and Eastern European countries which is also of broader relevance. The report focuses on the long-lasting effects of asbestos use in new Member States and candidate countries. Topics covered in the publication include the evolution of national regulations concerning the recognition and compensation of asbestos-related diseases, health measures for (...)
(28 August 2013) Portuguese regular and voluntary firefighters are seeking to contain a series of forest fires. Several firefighters have lost their lives while trying to protect the people, their homes and neighborhoods and nature.
EPSU sends a message of condolence and support for the workers involved and who risk their lives every day. Last year we already noted that some of the services are understaffed and under resourced. It is sad to reflect that austerity policies hurt workers and (...)
(2 July 2013) The South West of the US is experiencing one of the worst heat waves ever. It also leads to many wild fires, some of which are large and intense. In one such wildfire at least 19 fire fighters lost their lives seeking to contain and extinguish the fires to keep their and other communities safe. It is a stark reminder of the risks fire fighters, emergency workers and other public service workers face each and every single day serving the public.
EPSU sent a letter of (...)
Berlin (Ver.di Headquarters)
28 May 2013
We are pleased to invite you to EPSU’s next Firefighters’ Network meeting which will take place on May 28, 2013 in Berlin.
The meeting will discuss and address following issues:
The involvement of Social Partners to the European Instruments of European Civil Protection The UK Firebrigade Union has compiled a comparative overview on pensions for Firefighters and will present the results based on your contributions to the questionnaire (...)
Trade unions in the Iberian peninsula have denounced how the austerity measures have a huge impact in the extension of summer fires. Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras denounces that fire are not the consequence of austerity but the cuts in human resources and the lack of renewal of material have a huge impact in the efficacy of fire services read more.
The critics of the unions correspond with the findings of the study EPSU commissioned from Syndex on ’The impact of Austerity policies (...)