(10 December 2013) A delegation from the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) joined a protest organized by several European Trade Union Federations against social dumping. The European Council was discussing the enforcement of posting Directive and we are opposing a bad compromise that will endanger workers rights across Europe.
EPSU will continue to mobilise to ensure that free circulation does not become social dumping.
The ETUC has issued a press declaration against (...)
The European Committee on Social Rights, part of the Council of Europe human rights organisation, has ruled against the Swedish government on its posted worker legislation.
The LO (blue collar) and TCO (white collar) trade union confederations are delighted by the decision. They brought the case in response to the Swedish government’s 2010 amendments to its posted worker legislation, introduced in response to the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) Laval ruling in 2007.
In 2004, Swedish (...)
(6 November 2013) The ADEDY public sector and GSEE private trade union confederations have called their members out on a 24-hour strike today in protest at the imposition of further austerity measures.
EPSU sends it solidarity greetings to both confederations, their members, the workers taking action and all those who have been suffering the effects of the policies of the Troika - the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.
The latest official figures (...)
(30 October 2013) EPSU sends solidarity greetings to the FBU firefighters’ union in the UK which is planning two short strikes on Friday 1st and Monday 4th November.
The current dispute is over the increase in pension age for active firefighters from 55 to 60. The union took action on 25 September but then postponed the next planned stoppage for 19th October when it appeared that government and fire employers had shifted their position and acknowledged that firefighters faced losing their (...)
(29 October 2013) EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Trade Unions, supports the strike called by Unison, UNITE and UCU. Thousands of support staff in UK’s higher education will take national strike action over pay on 31 October 2013. Workers are demanding that employers pay a decent wage after 5 years in which they have paid below cost of living pay increases leaving workers with a very real cut in wages of 13%. Work pressure has increased with more students in classes. And the (...)
Europe is experiencing a concerning increase of precarious work arrangements that already began in the 1990s and early 2000s with demands for more flexibility, the promise of job growth, and the reduction of unemployment.
One particularly disturbing development is taking place in the UK where the number of so called zero-hour contracts has increased in recent years. Under these contracts workers are not guaranteed a minimum number of working hours making their income uncertain and subject (...)
(September 2013) During 2012-13 EPSU, with the financial support of the European Commission, has undertaken an evaluation of the work of the European Sector Social Dialogue Committees in which it is involved - electricity, local and regional government, hospitals, gas and central government administrations.
The evaluation was called for in a resolution to the 2009 Congress and carried out through a two-part questionnaire that was sent to all affiliates. The drafting of the questionnaire (...)
(26 September) The FBU firefighters’ union reported solid support for its four-hour stoppage in England and Wales in protest against proposed changes to pensions and retirement age.
The union said that 31,000 of its 42,000 members supported the action with the remainder being either sick or off duty. General secretary Matt Wrack explained that the union had been reluctant to take action but felt that it had to do something to put pressure on the government to negotiate.
The union hopes (...)
(12 September 2013) EPSU sends it support to the tens of thousands of workers in Poland who are taking part in four days of demonstrations and meetings in protest at government policies.
All three trade union confederations - OPZZ, NSZZ Solidarnosc and Forum ZZ - are supporting the actions which will culminate in a national demonstration in Warsaw on Saturday.
The actions began on Wednesday 11 September with demonstrations outside the ministries of Home Affairs, Justice, Health, Economy, (...)
Representatives of 27 affiliates from 17 countries attended the meeting along with colleagues from the ETUC, European Trade Union Federations (EPSU and EFBWW) and the ETUI.
The meeting agreed a statement on the European Commission’s country-specific recommendations relating to wages and/or wage-setting systems. It called on the Council not to adopt them and on the Commission to undertake a serious analysis of the consequences of its “internal wage devaluation” policy.
The second part of the (...)