Local and Regional Government
Local services are, by definition, at the front line of public services. Users of these services come into direct contact with the men and women that provide them, be they fire-fighters, culture workers, librarians, archivists, municipal police, social services workers, teachers, cleaners, waste collectors, community liaison personnel or local administrators. EPSU represents local and regional government workers across Europe and is committed to ensuring high quality and efficient public services supported by a well-trained and skilled work force and decent working conditions.
Austerity measures and remunicipalisation, digitalisation of local services, the impact of trade agreements on local services, and ensuring socially responsible procurement are key policy challenges to this sector addressed in the frame of EPSU's Standing Committee Local and Regional Government.
EPSU is also the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in local and regional government throughout the European Union and covers approximately 17 million workers.
Mads Samsing of HK Kommunal, Denmark, is the President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government (LRG). Christine Jakob is the EPSU policy officer for the sector.View contacts
Several public authorities in the North of Sweden have offered elderly people the right to refuse their caregivers on the basis of their skin colour or of their immigrant background.
Launch of EPSU-CEMR Video - Digitalisation seen through the eyes of citizens is a great improvement in their relationship with local and regional governments
Social services like childcare, elderly care and services for people with disabilities, have been one of the biggest job creators since the crisis.
(19 December 2016) Some affiliates from the EPSU Firefighters Network took part at the annual conference of the smart@fireproject on 14
Eurocities and the Nantes Metropole organized a larger seminar with 22 city representatives to exchange how cities are engaging in using social clauses in public procurement contracts.
Social Partners on the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Local and Regional Governments, meeting today in Brussels, approved and adopted the revised EPSU-CEMR Guidelines on strengthen