(20 May 2014) New EPSU/PSI Study launched today at EPSU Congress, by Dave Hall, PSIRU
Introduction and Executive summary
This paper aims to explain why public spending, in particular on public services, is economically and socially vital. It is not an economic liability – rising public spending has been part of economic growth for over 100 years; it supports half the formal employment in the world, much of it in the private sector; it delivers services like healthcare and public goods (...)
A new briefing prepared by the Public Services Privatisation Research Unit for EPSU’s 2014 Congress provides extensive evidence to counter arguments that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector.
Summarising the main findings from international studies across nine different sectors, the briefing argues that there is no empirical evidence that the private sector is intrinsically more efficient. The same results emerge consistently from sectors and services which are (...)
(11 April 2014) With the European elections less than 50 days from now, many people will consider who to give their vote to. Tools to check the positions of the political parties can assist especially when positions are maybe less well-known www.electio2014.eu/matchyour....
It allows you to answer questions such as: should maternity leave be extended on full pay from 14 to 20 weeks; should the poorer regions of Europe continue to receive funding; should the European Commission have more (...)
(24 February 2014) The European Commission has proposed the opening up of the railway market in the European Union. More competition for passengers services via procurement for services and the break up of the existing integrated companies aer some of the proposals of the European Commission. ETF predicts this will go at the expensive of the quality of the service, safety and employment.
Members of the European Parliament have strengthened the social conditions under which procurement can (...)
(Press release - Brussels 22 February 2013)
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is disappointed that the concessions Directive will go to trialogue in which small delegations of Parliament, Council and Commission will hammer out compromises. EPSU had argued for a plenary debate given that the Directive is new, complex and several parts are contested and transparency is required.
We welcome the statements of several political groups and politicians promising to fight (...)
What is next ? Water services? Healthcare ?
(19 February 2013) EPSU, Europe’s Public Service Workers Trade Union Federation is alarmed that the European Commission with its 4th railway package continues its ideological push to liberalise public services in the European Union. EPSU is concerned that the same arguments will be applied to other public services such as healthcare and water and sanitation.
The Commission is proposing a template for all Member States independent of their (...)
On 19-20 December 35 representatives of trade union confederations from Eastern Europe and Central Asia met in Brussels to discuss public services, public finances, taxation, corruption, procurement and trade agreements. The meeting was jointly organised by EPSU and the Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Impact of liberalisation The meeting began with a debate about liberalisation and its impact on the European Union but also on how (...)
The European Union is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with Canada (CETA), The negotiators are considering the inclusion of so-called arbitration mechanisms in the case of investor state disputes. This would allow private companies to pursue a government in case a democratic majority seeks to re-negotiate or cancel an unfair contract as in the case of Bechtel against the Bolivian government. Due to large protest across the world and with the support of PSI amongst others, the (...)
(10 October 2012) The UK prime minister, the conservative party leader David Cameron, has announced that he will call for a referendum on the future relationship with the UK. Opposed as he is to leaving the EU, he wants a different settlement. He knows the European market is important for UK exports. He seeks to have the Single Market, and not much more. EPSU, Europe’s public service federation, is concerned about an approach to the EU which would undermine protection for workers in the (...)
(9 October 2012) The new handbook for shopstewards and workplace trade unionists addresses how unions are tackling energy and resource efficiency. It offers practical examples and including in public services. Examples covered include:
Use food-waste in prisons to produce electricity and solid waste to fertilise gardens
Colleagues in a hospital on a joint union-management committee conduct energy audits in the hospital
Residential care – union representatives worked to audit waste and (...)