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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.

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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 (...)

European water movements continues its workings

(24 February 2015) On February 6th and 7th took place in Marseille the GREMME (Grand Rencontre Euro Mediterraneen de Marseille sur l’eau) for its French acronym. About 200 participants from across Europe (especially the Mediterranean basin) and North Africa participated. Almost 3 years ago from the last Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) where the European Citizens Initiative right2water was presented. The event was a stoke taking meeting preparing for the World Social Forum in Tunis is (...)

EP starts own-initiative for “right2water”

The European Parliament Committee for Environment (ENVI) has started an “own-initiative” on our ECI right2water, because it shared our conclusion that the response of the European Commission was disappointing and not in accordance to such a successful European Citizens’ Initiative! This “own-initiative” is supported by the EP Committee for Development (DEVE). The Parliament can take the initiative to propose legislation for the EU. We are very happy with this “own-initiative” of the Parliament (...)

Expert group Drinking Water Directive

(26 January 2015) The European Commission has presented the (statistical) results of the public consultation on drinking water in the EU in a meeting to the Drinking Water Directive Expert group on 18 December 2014. This group consists of government representative from the Member States and a limited number of stakeholders, mainly from the water industry, and including EPSU. Clivia Conrad (Ver.di) participated in this meeting on behalf of EPSU and also represented the ECI Right2water. The (...)

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