(25 March 2015) Following the acts of gruesome violence that killed innocent men and women in the Badr and Al-Hashoosh Mosques, EPSU sent a message of sympathy and solidarity to the trade unions in Yemen.
We strongly condemn such violence. The country is in a new spiral of violence and it is the working men and women, their families and communities that suffer. We support the fight for peace and prosperity of our colleagues. EPSU solidarity letter to Yemen T.U. (...)
(16 March 2015) Public service trade union leaders from South East Europe discussed the ongoing impact on public services, workers and communities of the economic crisis and failure of governments to address it. Rising unemployment and increased inequality are some of the consequences. Keenly aware that we need to increase our strength, the union leaders also addressed organising and recruitment. Some positive examples were highlighted. The group also sent a message of support to striking (...)
(9 March 2015) With reform of the health care systems in all countries, there is a growing influence of the private sector especially in Russia. Most of the clinics and activities are minor but there are larger chains in Russia. Unions considered the challenges of organising these private sector workers and the methods to do so also leading to an active membership and preventing the local union branches become instruments of management.
Other issues discussed:
The increase in (...)
(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 Luis’s permanent union leave has been revoked by the Peruvian Government just before the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP20) which is due to open in Lima this month.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 (...)