The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) brings together trade unions from across Europe. We influence the policies and decisions of employers, governments and European institutions that affect public service workers, their families and communities. We mobilise for action and change and are committed to achieving another, social Europe.
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) represents 8 million public service workers across Europe. We are the strong trade union voice that workers need, whether that’s with employers, the European Parliament, the Commission or national governments.
EPSU works hard to deliver better working conditions, improved health and safety and enhanced rights for our members. By sitting down with employers at a European level, we negotiate best practice agreements that improve the working lives of public service workers and ensure quality services for citizens.
Women represent the majority of our members and gender equality is at the heart of everything we do. From negotiating with employers on women’s rights in the workplace to exposing the scandal of the gender pay gap, EPSU is taking action for real equality.
Public services are affected by the big issues facing our societies and are under increasing strain from budget cuts, liberalisation, austerity, low pay and poor working conditions. EPSU is fighting against tax avoidance by multinationals to ensure sustainable public finances. We are making the case for cast-iron exclusions of public services from trade deals like TTIP, CETA and TiSA. We are standing up for the rights of migrants, both in the workplace and in the services our members deliver.
EPSU provides a platform for our members to regularly share good practices in organising, recruitment and campaigning. We share information, research and experiences to improve the quality of jobs and services and to deepen solidarity within our family of trade unions.
We campaign for well-funded public services and better rights at work. Our vision is of a Europe with public services at its core. Good jobs in our sectors mean quality services for citizens.
Our members know that the services they deliver are not a cost to society but an investment in our communities. We’re taking that message to the heart of Europe.
- President: Isolde Kunkel-Weber, ver.di, Germany
- Vice-Presidents: Dave Prentis, UNISON, UK - Françoise Geng, CGT Santé Action Sociale France - Mette Nord, Fagforbundet Norway and Mikhail Kuzmenko, HWURF, Russia.
- EPSU General Secretary: Jan Willem Goudriaan