(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 (...)
Our global federation PSI celebrates Human Rights Day, recalling that it marks the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”.
Human rights are indivisible and cover political, civil, economic and social rights. Nelson Mandela is recognised to be one of the most notable human rights advocates of the twentieth century.
PSI records how the (...)
The European Federation of Public Service Unions joins the peoples of South Africa, the workers and our sister trade unions, as well as so many millions across the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela who died 5 December 2013.
He was by far one of the world’s most inspiring leaders by his relentless fight against the curse of apartheid, discrimination and social injustice. He fought for and was prepared to die for freedom and for democracy. He emerged from a long incarceration to (...)
(12 November 2013) EPSU supports the PSI affiliates and offers its condolences to all people in the Philippines.
Members of the PSI Steering Committee have expressed their solidarity and deepest condolences to all people in the Philippines in the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
We understand that this storm – reported be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on record – has caused especially severe damage and casualties on Samar Island and Leyte, where the governor estimates (...)
(25 October 2013) The Korean government derecognized the Korean Teachers Union because it continued to represent dismissed workers. The government wanted that the union change its rules so they no longer could represent these workers. The union refused. The ILO also made the case that such government interference was illegal. It is therefore high time for the European Parliament to consider the case and explore that the preferential treatment of Korea under the EU-South Korean Trade (...)
(14 October 2013) It’s taken decades of struggle, but on 5 September 2013 domestic workers are finally given the same rights as other workers with the coming into force of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
Please read an interview published in “Equal Times” where Tamara Gausi talks to Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Myrtle Witbooi of the IDWN, Marieke Koning of the ITUC and Julius Cainglet of the Federation of Free Workers in the Philippines to find (...)
(10 October 2013) On 2 October 2013 at 15:00, Melvy Lizeth Camey Rojas, the Secretary of SNTSG (the PSI affiliated health care workers union in Guatemala) Health Center of Chiquimulilla in the Department of Santa Rosa was in fear of her life for the second time, when armed men with nine-millimeter pistols on a motorcycle came looking for her at her workplace, likely with the intention to kill. According to witnesses, these people shared a lot of similarities with the murderers who killed (...)
(23 September 2013) Public Services International (PSI) , EPSU’s Global Union, organized a mission to Guatemala on August 12-15. The delegation was composed of 18 trade unionists from US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and Europe (Germany, Belgium, France and Sweden).
This delegation was to show solidarity and it had a fact finding purpose. See attached the report by EPSU President Anne Marie Perret in French [shortly also available in English]
Read also the (...)