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50.000 workers say: We need a change, we need a new path for Europe

(7 April 2014) We were with many and from all over Europe in the Euro-demonstration to demand an end to austerity and a change of direction away from policies that create inequality, poverty and unemployment Friday 4 April. The demo was headed by a large group of young workers. Young people are faced with very high unemployment, precarious jobs, worse pensions and pay. The European trade union federations are campaigning to improve the prospects for young people for the future. The EPSU (...)

Amnesty Report reveals links between police and Golden Dawn in Greece

The human rights organisation Amnesty International published a report on Greece that details the excessive use of police force against demonstrations, journalists, Roma, immigrants and other vulnerable groups, shows the links between police officers and the extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn and underlines the impunity of those policemen accused of brutalities or even torture. With Greece in its 6th year of economic crisis, with declining incomes, increasing unemployment and (...)

European trade union summit: the next big thing for European trade unions

(4 March 2014) A High-level Trade Union Summit about the "European trade unions in dialogue for a Social Europe" will be held on March 19 in Brussels. This event will debate the past five years of economic crisis and the responses by the trade unions in Europe as well as the role of the European Commission and the European Parliament in this term that comes to an end in several weeks. On the eve of the tripartite summit the event will count with many leaders of the national confederations (...)

ETUC shows how Troika policies bring economic failure and social disaster

(27 January 2014) Today at a hearing in the European Parliament the ETUC revealed how the Troika of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) had undermined fundamental principles of the European Union while failing to deliver sustainable recovery in the programme countries. The meeting was jointly organised by the Parliament’s Economic and Employment committees and heard the views of both the ETUC and the Businesseurope employers’ (...)

Austerity – exposing the confidence myth

Press Communication (21 January 2014) Launching the Annual Growth Survey in November, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told us: “The return of growth shows that our policies are working. That is why, in this year’s Annual Growth Survey, we keep the same five priorities as we had last year.” And a year earlier he said: "It is crucial to stick to our strategy of growth-friendly fiscal consolidation, economic reforms and targeted investments. This is the only way to restore (...)

EPSU policy and action on the crisis and austerity

Since its Congress in Brussels in May 2009, EPSU has been developing its policies on the financial and economic crisis, arguing for substantial government intervention to tackle the crisis and then against the sharp imposition of austerity that has only caused the recession to deepen and drag on for five long years. This document sets out the main policy discussions, documents and statements that EPSU has been involved in. It includes initiatives by EPSU’s standing committees and with (...)

Annual Growth Survey 2014: European Trade Union Federations reject Commission’s economic strategy

Brussels, 18 December 2013 - Joint Press Release Annual Growth Survey 2014: European Trade Union Federations reject Commission’s economic strategy and call upon European Council to follow the ETUC’s proposal for a European investment plan On 13 November, the European Commission published the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) 2014 which proposes priorities for EU economic policy in 2014. On 19 and 20, December EU heads of state and government will convene in the European Council to discuss the (...)

EPSU angered over Eurogroup President’s satisfaction over destruction of Greece

(18 December 2013- EPSU Press Communication) The President of the Eurogroup, Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem, issued a press release in which he notes his "satisfaction" that Greece has reached a number of milestones as agreed with the Troika, 17 December 2013. These milestones include preparing the dismissal of 12.500 public service workers (euphemistically called a mobility scheme) as well as improving the financial situation of two large water companies so they can be privatised. (...)

EPSU: Report on Austerity and Human Rights Council of Europe is a damning verdict on Barroso Commission

(5 December 2013) The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe published a report Safeguarding Human Rights in times of Economic Crisis that makes clear in great detail how the EU’s austerity policies are socially unjust, impact hardest on the poorest in society and in general erode the social and economic rights of people. "This report is a 55 page long verdict on the policies of the Barroso Commission which have been designed to have long-term implications directed against (...)

2014 Annual Growth Survey - more of the same?

In the lead up to the publication of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey, trade union and employer organisations took part in a consultative meeting on 16 October with representatives of the European Commission - DG Employment and DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN). The general message from the Commission, supported by the private sector employer organisations, was one of continuity and so no significant shift away from the focus on austerity - or "growth-friendly fiscal consolidation" as (...)

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