(9 December 2014) Public Services International and the International Trade Union Confederation are urgently calling for letters of protest to be sent to the Peruvian Minister of Labour in support of Luis Isarra, the general secretary of Federation of Unions of Water Workers of Peru (FENTAP). Luis’s permanent union leave has been revoked by the Peruvian Government just before the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP20) which is due to open in Lima this month. Luis is responsible for (...)
(28 January 2015) The European Commission answered EPSU sharing our concerns and those of ETUC over the violence and atrocities committed by ISIS. For a detailed response please see letter:
(23 October 2014) EPSU is very concerned about the terror of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that affects all working men and women in Syria and Iraq and leads to many refugees seeking safety in Turkey and other countries in the region. EPSU’s affiliates unions including the (...)
(25 August 2014) The Palestinian public service unions have written to PSI detailing the scale of the destruction and loss of human life in Gaza. PSI has issued a call for solidarity in response. "According to the Gaza public sector unions’ report, hospitals and ambulances have been targeted, killing dozens of rescuers and medical workers and endangering anyone providing relief and humanitarian aid to civilians. The report further lists considerable damage to mosques, police and security (...)
(17 July 2014) "Defend the legitimate rights of the working class within a progressive social dimension; promoting a development agenda that puts industrialisation, environmental justice and human progress for equitable and fair growth models at the heart of our common commitments" is one of the message the leaders of the unions from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa sent to the BRICS summit in Forteleza, Brazil.
The summit considered further cooperation between the countries (...)
EPSU and PSI echo the call of the UN Security Council as the number of killed civilians grows.
EPSU and PSI call on the Israeli government and Palestinian parties in Gaza to immediately cease fire and prevent further escalation of the conflict which has already killed 1 Israeli and 200 Palestinians (at 16 July) including women and children and lead to numerous people being injured, homes being demolished and many fleeing to escape the violence.
The rocket attacks of Hamas and bombs of (...)
(30 June 2014) The employers group in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is contesting the right to strike as being part of the conventions on the freedom of association and right to organisation (87) and the right to organise and collective bargaining (98) This is stirred on by the European employers assembled in BusinessEurope in an attempt to weaken the effectiveness of the international labour protection and gains more significance as respect and enforceability of ILO (...)
(24 April 2014) Every year workers and their trade unions remember the many thousands world wide that die in workplace accidents each year. We remember those workers that die of occupational diseases. Many of these accidents and deaths because of diseases can be prevented by appropriate laws, controls and sanctions. And while we remember the workers that have died, we also recall those who are responsible for putting pressure on workers to work unsafely, our employers, and those (...)
(4 March 2014) On 9th February a slim majority of Swiss citizens voted in favour of an initiative proposed by the Swiss People’s Party that seeks to reintroduce controls on immigrants from the European Union. For the Trade Union Movement and all progressive forces, this decision marks a major step backwards for immigrants living in Switzerland and will only lead the country down a dead end.
You can read, in the attached documents, the position of the Swiss trade unions and their leaders: (...)
(3 March 2014) The Council of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU) was held on 27 February. The meeting started with a minute of silence in commemoration of those who died during the conflict escalation in the Ukraine. It discussed further the current situation in the Ukraine and determined the priorities for the trade unions.
Members of the Council underlined that as a result of the mass protest of the people the government changed, and the state and society took the path of (...)
(12 December 2013) The Ukrainian confederation FPU’s Presidium to which several EPSU members are affiliated had a discussion on 9 December on the political and economic situation in Ukraine. FPU President Iurii Kulyk chaired the meeting. The below are some of the elements of the discussion:
It needs to be recognised that there are additional factors that contributed to the current situation such as a worsening of the economic conditions of many leading enterprises, the growing wage arrears (...)