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Across the world, people migrate, within and between countries, for economic and social advancement, meeting the demand for their skills, family reunion, simply for adventure, but many others are forced to migrate because of undemocratic regimes, famine, natural disasters, war, persecution or lack of decent work and pay in the home country.

Migrant labour is not a recent phenomenon for instance between 1901 and 1910 more than 8 million Europeans emigrated to the USA. The courage and dedication of migrant workers helped build the labour movement we are benefiting from today. >read more

Local authorities unions and employers discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions

EPSU-CEMR Seminar in Berlin-27th of January 2015 (4 February 2016) Europe is facing difficult times in managing migration. The EU as a whole received 78% more asylum applications in 2014 compared to the year before. Municipalities are at the forefront of dealing with the daily arrivals of refugees in a number of European countries. Therefore, EPSU and Ver.di hosted a seminar on 27th of January to discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions. 55 participants including (...)

Solidarity with refugees on International Migrants Day

(18 December 2015) Violent conflict, human rights violations, poverty and the rising frequency of natural disasters linked to climate change are forcing men, women and children to flee their homes at a rate never before seen. Nearly 60 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced due to conflict and violence in 2014, including in Europe. Many are risking their lives in terrifying routes across land and sea to reach safer shores. This year alone, 3,406 people have died as they attempt to (...)

EPSU and PSI on lack of decisions regarding refugees EU council of ministers

EU Response to the Refugee Crisis Deeply Disappointing – 15 September 2015 - Public Services International, a global trade union federation representing 20 million public service workers across the globe, along with its sister federation, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, representing 8 million public service workers across Europe, express deep disappointment at the failure of the European Union to arrive at a humanitarian and durable solution to the refugee crisis in (...)

Make Europe a safe haven for refugees now!

EPSU/PSI statement to leaders of the EU and Western Balkans on the refugee crisis. (Brussels, 11 September 2015) At the occasion of the Extraordinary EU Justice and Interior affairs Council on 14 September, we, the European Public Service Unions, representing 8 million public service workers across Europe, and our sister global trade union federation, Public Services International, representing 20 million public service workers across the globe, reiterate our call for European solidarity, (...)

Report on Syrian refugees and the Greek State

(1st September 2015) Greek EPSU affiliate Adedy provided us with a report on the situation of refugees in Greece (see below). It is based on information of Adedy and the Hellenic League for Human Rights. It details the challenges faced by the Greek state and the failure to address these. It also sets out the demands to address the situation of the Greek organisations. Another important development to note in the context of the growing group of Syrian refugees has been the suspension of the (...)

Changing the migration narrative for a more inclusive society

Second European Conference of Trade Union Services for Migrants 15-16 June 2015 Brussels REPORT This conference was organised by ETUC to expose the results accomplished by the network of Union Migrant Net, and to discuss its future. Union Migrant Net is a social on-line platform created by ETUC to assist migrants from everywhere who are willing to settle in a European country. It is a network of contact points for migrants established, managed and supported by trade unions across Europe. (...)

EU must assume its responsibility on the migration and asylum crisis in Mediterranean and Aegean Seas

EPSU Executive Committee statement, 29 April 2015 Meeting in Brussels, European leaders of public service unions held a moment of silence for the 800 hundreds people who died in the Mediterranean sea on 19 April in the hope of finding a safe haven or a better life in Europe. This came at the same time as another boat capsized in the Aegean sea killing 3 people and just days after 400 others drowned in a similar accident in the Mediterranean. Since the beginning of the year at (...)

On Migrants Day, PSI reiterates its commitment to decent work for all

(17 December 2014) Public Services International (PSI) marks December 18th – International Migrants Day, with continued vigour and commitment to fight for decent work and social protection for migrant workers. Many workers involved in the delivery of public services such as health and social care, municipal services and public administration, among others, are facing hardship and loss of jobs as a result of austerity cuts, unfair trade, repressive regimes and attacks on labour rights. (...)

CGIL demonstration for work, dignity and equality - defending migrant workers

(24 October 2014) EPSU has extended solidarity greetings to the CGIL Italian affiliates which are organising a demonstration 25 October. The unions demonstrate for work, dignity and equality. It will also be an occasion to raise the issue of migrant workers which is important now the extreme-right is on the rise in Europe and migrant workers are among the most vulnerable in our society. EPSU Congress adopted an important policy resolution on the rights of migrant workers. The demonstration (...)

ETUC position on the new European Commission’s five-year programme on migration

ETUC position on the new European Commission’s five-year programme on migration (EC Communication “An Open and Secure Europe: Making It Happen”) Adopted at the meeting of the ETUC Executive Committee on 11-12 June 2014 DG Home affairs launched a Communication aimed at setting priorities in the migration policies for the next five-years. In it, the ETUC recognises a new narrative for the migration phenomenon in Europe. However some areas of concern have been detected and improvements can be (...)

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