(16 July 2015) Twenty-two representatives from EPSU affiliates in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Georgian and Tajikistan met in Tallinn on 7-9 July in the latest workshop of EPSU’s joint project with the International Labour Organisation training centre.
Freedom of association and the right to strike Following a welcome from the organisers and Kalle Liivamagi of local affiliate ROTAL, the workshop kicked off with two presentations from Maura Miraglio, an international labour standards (...)
(20 June 2015) On 16-18 June, 35 participants from 15 EPSU affiliates took part in the second regional workshop of the ILO Actrav Decent Work project in Budva, Montenegro. The unions involved came from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, (FYRO) Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Welcome to Montenegro
Participants were welcomed by local union leaders, Vladimir Pavicevic, president of the health workers’ union and by Dusko Zarubica, president of the union of workers in public (...)
(Last updated 23 July 2015) "Modernising public administration" has been a central theme in the annual European Semester process over the past four years. EPSU is currently running a project, financially supported by the European Commission, which is examining the impact of the Semester on public administration. One element of the project involves research by the OSE research organisation, including a survey of EPSU affiliates to find out to what extent they have been involved in the (...)
(28 April 2015) Twenty-five trade union representatives from EPSU affiliates in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Ukraine met in Bratislava on 21-23 April to discuss collective bargaining, the right to strike, International Labour Organisations (ILO) conventions and gender equality.
The main points to highlight from the two and a half day seminar include:
While social dialogue and collective bargaining are in a relatively healthy state in the Czech and Slovak (...)
(17 March 2015) On the occasion of the inauguration of the new head office of the European Central Bank, trade unions are demanding more democracy and an end to austerity that is hurting people and workers across the EU.
We need alternatives and a public investment plan on a scale that will start to address the situation of the 24 million unemployed and the many more millions in poverty. Thousands of citizens from across Europe will demonstrate with action group Blockupy to show their (...)
(10 March 2015) There is no social market economy without social dialogue. This was one of the main conclusions from the EC conference held on 5 March to strengthen social dialogue and to reinvigorate the role of the social partners in EU and national policy-making. For EPSU and the trade unions this role must not be confined to improving competitiveness and delivering on structural reforms. Engagement of social partners at all levels in an ambitious public investment plan for jobs, growth (...)
(2 March 2015) Management of the European Patent Office stated that they would not respect the verdict of a Dutch court arguing immunity from the European legal order. This is not acceptable and EPSU has written to management in support of the unions demands.
Relations between the unions in the European Patent Office (represented by SUEPO, an affiliate of EPSU affiliated union USF) have not been well for sometime as management of EPO is blocking access of the union to negotiations, does (...)
(February 2015) Legal minimum wages play a very important role in countries in Eastern Europe and particularly Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. EPSU affiliates in the region are active with other unions not just in pushing for increases in the rates but in debates about the content of the basket of goods on which living wage calculations are based.
EPSU’s affiliates in the region meet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 3-5 March 2015 and in her report for the meeting, EPSU’s regional (...)
(12 February 2015) Representatives of EPSU affiliates from 17 countries in Central and Eastern Europe took part in the launch workshop of a new project on Decent Work for Workers’ in Public Services. This is an International Labour Organisation (ILO) and European Commission backed project, implemented in partnership with EPSU. The launch meeting took place in Brussels on 11-12 February and discussed the main themes of the four workshops and final conference that would take place during 2015. (...)
(Brussels, 6 February 2015) The leaders of the Turkish union confederations KESK and DISK were summoned for a public hearing in the Court of Istanbul, 6 February 2015. Together with representatives of the professional associations TTB and TTMOB they were accused of terrorist actions for calling workers to celebrate 1 May 2014 on Taksim Square. Lami Ozgen (KESK President), Kani Beko (DISK President and leader of Genel-Is) and Mrs. Arzu Cerkezoglu (DISK General Secretary) The call to (...)