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Collective Bargaining – negotiating the best deal at every level

A core activity of trade unions is negotiating, on behalf of members, with employers. EPSU’s affiliates concentrate on good pay levels for public service workers at the workplace, the sector and national level. Good working conditions are just as important.

In collective bargaining, EPSU has two main tasks; firstly to contribute to the improvement of pay and working conditions for all public service workers in Europe, and secondly to act as a European information point so that EPSU affiliates are aware of trends and developments in public service negotiations.

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Junior doctors take industrial action over hours and pay

(9 February 2016) Junior doctors in England will take industrial action tomorrow in the latest stage of their campaign to defend their working conditions and patient safety. The action is part of a long-running dispute over new contracts. The doctors, represented by the British Medical Association (BMA) argue, in particular, that the government proposals will remove vital safeguards on working hours. This will not only threaten the health and safety of junior doctors but the quality of (...)

Gross violations of trade union rights at the European Patent Office - demonstrations erupt

(28 January 2016) The European Patent Office boss Battestelli has dismissed trade union representatives. They worked in the office in Munich. Protests broke out in all offices in Munchen, Vienna, The Hague, Berlin. They continue with a protest in the Netherlands, 28 January. Staff walked from the French embassy to the Germany embassy. They demand action of the governments. The actions are organised by SUEPO, a member of USF, the trade union for workers in European agencies, European Central (...)

UK unions continue fight against Trade Union Bill

(26 November 2015) The Welsh and Scottish governments have both expressed their opposition to the Trade Union Bill which has just passed its first reading in Parliament. Trade unions are continuing to campaign against the Bill which, if passed in its current form, will particularly impact on public sector unions. They will be faced with thresholds for votes for strike action if deemed to be in "important" public services. There will not only be a requirement for a 50% turnout but 40% of (...)

EPSU-ILO Decent Work Project: Report of fourth regional meeting in Sofia

(7 September 2015) More than 25 participants from five countries took part in the fourth regional workshop of EPSU’s project with the International Labour Organisation’s training centre at the beginning of September. The meeting took place in Sofia with representatives of EPSU affiliates from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Moldova. They were welcomed to the meeting by Ioannis Parteniotis, President of the FCIW construction, water and industry union and Vice-President of the (...)

EPSU-ILO Decent Work Project: Report of third regional meeting in Tallinn

(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 (...)

EPSU-ILO Decent Work Project: report of second regional workshop in Budva

(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 (...)

European Semester survey of affiliates

(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 (...)

EPSU-ILO Decent Work Project: report on first regional workshop in Bratislava

(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 (...)

EPSU supports demand unions for more democracy in European Central Bank and EU

(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 (...)

A new start for Social Dialogue

(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 (...)

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