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EPSU represents Europe’s water and sewerage workers in both public and private companies. Some of these private companies are large transnational companies.

EPSU cooperates with Public Services International.

Please see also the www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website - it helps water utilities, local authorities and civil society organisations access and use EU aid to build not-for-profit ACP-EU water partnerships.


Greece to become first European country to recognize Human Right to Water?

(18 May 2015) A year after the popular consultation that the people of Thessaloniki organised about the plans of the previous Greek government to privatise water (18 May 2014), the President of the Greek Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou has solemnly pledged her support to the implementation of the Human Right to Water as a just societal demand. It means she will help steer an endorsement through the full Parliament. She made the announcement at a meeting of the Thessaloniki City Council and (...)

Call for action: Human Right to Water and Sanitation into the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

(27 April 2015) Thanks to our joint advocacy efforts and the support of champion Member States, the human right to water was included in the outcome document of the Open Working Group, preparing for the Sustainable Development Goals. Your support to include the Human Right to Water and Sanitation made the difference. Thank you for your advocacy and support for this critical issue! Today the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda are well underway. UN Member (...)

European Parliament TV questions MEP on ECI Right2Water

(20 April 2015) EPSU and the European Water Movements organised an action on World Water Day. The internal TV station of the European Parliament put some tough questions to the Hungarian MEP Gyorgy Schopflin, currently involved in reporting on the usefulness of the instrument of the ECI. In response to the lack of ambition of the European Commission, he agrees that the European Commission has been dithering and should have taken action. Mr. Schopflin comes from one of the countries that has (...)

Korean civil society organises alternative water forum

(10 April 2015) The Korean affiliates of Public Services International (PSI), EPSU’s international organization are organizing on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April an Alternative Water Forum to the corporate oriented World Water Forum. In 2012 in Marseille over 10.000 people participated in the Alternative Water Forum, more than in the official water one. At that time EPSU launched the European Citizens Initiative right2water (www.right2water.eu) EPSU has signed the Brussels declaration (...)

100 million more people now benefit from public water!

Media Release - April 9, 2015 Growing wave of cities ending privatisation and choosing public water services reaches 100 million people in 37 countries – book launch in advance of World Water Forum. In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea on April 12, Transnational Institute with four organisations including EPSU(i) have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water supply and sanitation services back under (...)

Jakarta court cancels world’s biggest water privatisation after 18-year failure

(PSI press release 25 March 2015) The Central Jakarta District Court on 24 March annulled the water privatisation contracts of Suez (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya – Palyja) and Aetra, finding that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) were negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta’s residents. The court decision is the culmination of many years of resistance by a broad coalition of Jakarta residents, trade unions, and other water justice activists. [1] They were upset not only (...)

World Water Day 2015: Right2water and workers in the spotlights

On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March) many events took place and many statements have been made. This year World Water Day was marked by recognition and appreciation of the important work that people in the water sector do to provide all citizens with clean drinking water 24/7. In the Netherlands FNV participated in a campaign “THANK YOU for tap water!” that launched a nice video clip. The Global Water Operators Alliance made a statement that pays tribute to the workers. PSI (...)

Workers and Unions in Nigeria pile pressure on the Lagos State government to backtrack on plans to privatise water

(18 March 2015) On 10 March 2015 trade unions and civil society organisations in Nigeria organised a rally to press their aversion to the plans of privatising Lagos Water supply. The rally started at 11am and ended at after 1:30pm with the delivery of a petition jointly signed by the Environmental Rights Action (ERA), Corporate Accountability International (CAI), Public Service International (PSI) and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational (...)

Thessaloniki Water Company makes human right to water and sanitation a reality for the poor

(18 March 2015) After the victory of Syriza in the elections in Greece a more social policy was promised to the people that suffered from austerity measures imposed by the Troika. The Thessaloniki water company EYATh immediately put this into practice. It introduced social tariffs that allow poor people to receive 30 m3 water free of charge per semester (4 months period). This applies to low income households with total taxable income less than or equal to 8.000 EUR per year, increased by (...)

Human Right to Water and Sanitation - Action Needed from the European Commission

(27 February 2015) One year after the response of the European Commission to the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative Right 2 Water, the European Federations of Public Services and the European Water Movement are calling for mobilisation to protest over lack of progress in Brussels on 23 March. Join us at midday at Place Luxembourg, outside the European Parliament In Brussels. Help us pass the message that Another Europe is possible. The Right2Water campaign submitted 1.9 (...)

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