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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

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 (...)

The Trade Union Position on the Referendum in Switzerland

(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: (...)

ETUC concerns over discussions on draft directive for Intra-corporate transferees from non EU countries

ETUC concerns over discussions between Council and Parliament on draft directive for Intra-corporate transferees from non EU countries 25 February 2014 - Negotiations concerning the Directive on the Intra-Corporate Transfers are taking an unexpected direction. The point in case concerns equal treatment of third-country nationals admitted to work in a Member State with an ICT Permit. Some Member States are trying to impose a position which denies full equal treatment for third country (...)

EPSU strongly condemns shooting of migrant workers in Greece

(19 April 2013) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) firmly condemns and is utterly shocked that 30 migrant workers have been injured in a shooting on a strawberry farm in Greece after requesting salaries that had not been paid. Around 200 workers had gathered to request their unpaid salaries when at least one farm supervisor opened fire. EPSU Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan declares: “This worrying incident shows how far we have come in Europe by ignoring (...)

Euromed public services meeting migrants project- New research

(28 January 2013) Welcoming migrants in the Euromed region: perspective of public sector employees . This new survey was carried out as part of an EU-funded project Public services meeting migrants submitted by EPSU’s French affiliate CFDT-Interco (2012). It looks at working conditions in migration public services (charged with work/residency permits) and health services in direct contact with migrant/ users.

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