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EPSU Youth

At the 8th EPSU Congress, held in Brussles on 8-11 June, it was agreed that EPSU would establish a Specific section for Youth. The decision, due to the merger with PSI-Europe, will allow EPSU to develop a public sector specific profile for young trade unionists.

7th meeting of the EPSU youth network

(13 October 2015) Young trade unionists from over 20 public service unions across Europe met in Madrid last week (6/10/2015). 17 countries were represented in a meeting to discuss the future objectives of the network. Eddie Stam, an experienced trade union organizer from Abvakabo-FNV in the Netherlands, gave a presentation on organising which touched on themes of unionising young and precarious workers, publicity and social media and innovative ways of taking action. There was an exchange (...)

Fifteen members of the EPSU youth network meet in European young workers event

(19 May 2015) A delegation of the EPSU Youth network participated in the first event of the project of the European trade Union Federations (ETUFs) in the background of their campaign back to our future. Over 150 young workers from across Europe gathered near Dubrovnik to discuss issues such as youth employment, precarious work and the role of young trade unionists as well as develop skills and knowledge for mobilising at national and European level. The conference was full of (...)

A joint trade union effort to push for youth employment

(19 May 2015) EPSU, through its youth network and four other European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs) jointly wrote to the European Commission on 12 May urging to take further decisive action on youth employment. The letter (see below) urges the European Commission to act to reduce the dramatic levels of youth unemployment across the EU. Currently, the EU average for youth unemployment stands at over 20% and is up to nearly 60% in some countries such as Greece and Spain. A year has passed (...)

European Youth Conference (2,5 days)

Launching event of the project “Empowering the integration of younger workers in the European Metal, Transport, Food, Services, Construction and Wood Industries (as part of the EU Social Agenda) Hotel Croatia - Cavtat – Dubrovnik (Croatia) – 13-15 May 2015 Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to attend a European Youth Conference which will take place in Cavtat – Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 13-15 May 2015. The conference will be the launching event of the project entitled “Empowering (...)

ETUI/EPSU course: Building the young voice in EPSU/PSI affiliates in Eastern countries

17-18 March 2015, Bucharest The Education Department of the European Trade Union Institute will organise a joint course with the European Federation of Public Service Unions "Building the young voice in EPSU/PSI affiliates in Eastern countries" which will be held from 17 to 18 March 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. Aims To define the role and the future actions of the EPSU/PSI youth network To identify the different dimensions of the trade union renewal To experiment ways of mapping (...)

6th meeting of the EPSU youth network took place

(9 February 2015) 22 participants from 13 different countries (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Romania and Turkey) attended the 6th meeting of the EPSU Youth network. This was the first formal event since the 9th EPSU Congress in May 2014 in Toulouse. The meeting had a stoke taking part with a presentation from Anna Ludwinek from Eurofound about youth transitions and youth employment. Also Chiara Lorenzini, project officer of the (...)

EPSU Youth Network meeting

4 February 2015

Young workers describe “emergency situation” to all major European Parliament groups

(15 October 2014- Joint press release) Young trade union shop stewards working in some of the key sectors of Europe’s economy – including transport, public services, food production, retail, metal, and media and the arts – drew a full crowd in the European Parliament on Tuesday 14 October to describe the dire reality facing young workers and jobseekers today. To further the aims of the youth employment campaign led by six European trade union federations titled “Enough of their crisis – Back (...)

Young workers celebrate Youth Day demanding better mental health

(26 August 2014) On August 12th we celebrated International Youth Day and this year was linked to highlighting the issues of mental health for young people, specially young workers. The International organisation of EPSU, Public Services International (PSI) made an action linking our fight for a healthier society and need for quality public services. Many young people agree to precarious and unfair working conditions rather than staying indefinitely unemployed, with long term consequences (...)

European Parliament’s Youth resolution is a step, not a solution

(18 July 2014 - European Trade Union Federations Joint Press Release) The six sectoral European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs), uniting over 30 million workers and organisers through the “Enough of their crisis – back to our future” campaign, appreciate the fact that the newly elected European Parliament has dedicated itself to addressing youth employment as a matter of utmost urgency. The European Parliament sent a welcome, yet smokeless signal by adopting a resolution on Youth Employment (...)

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