EPSU launches podcast: listen now

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(26 April 2022) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) launched a podcast series in 2021. Podcasting is the streaming generation’s answer to talk radio: an online series of audio recordings that can be listened to on demand. Each episode of the EPSU podcast takes a deep dive into the themes that are fundamental to public sector workers, from energy poverty to precarious workers and beyond.

Episodes take the format of a casual chat with a different guest on topics that are close to their heart. If you’re looking for something to fill your commute or simply want to know more about the work of public service unions, our podcast is a must-listen.

Find all available episodes here or below – and don’t forget to follow!

Episode 1: Eve Livingston, author (Make Bosses Pay)

Eve Livingston (author, Make Bosses Pay: Why We Need Unions) reimagines an inclusive labour movement that bridges the gap between trade unions and the new generation of precarious workers.

Episode 2: Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary, EPSU

Time to discover just what EPSU stands for. EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, joins the podcast to discuss public services, privatisation, and just how the pandemic has changed the way we look at work.

Episode 3: Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy, University of Nottingham

We sit down with Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nottingham. He's also the author of a great book - Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe. Learn more about the history of public service privatisation - and how it can be stopped.

Episode 4: Leigh Phillips, Author (The People's Republic of Wal-Mart)

In our fourth episode, we sit down with Leigh Phillips (author, Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress, Industry and Stuff; The People's Republic of Wal-Mart) to discuss how the rise of privatisation has impacted how countries function.

Episode 5: Sean Sweeney, CUNY & TUED

Energy's the word on everyone’s minds. We sat down with Sean Sweeney, CUNY and TUED, to find out more about energy democracy and how democratic control of energy can provide a solution to the climate crisis.

Episode 6: Penny Clarke, Deputy General Secretary, EPSU

Ready to learn even more about EPSU? Penny Clarke, Deputy General Secretary, EPSU looks back the last ten years in the role, from TTIP to TRIPS and beyond.

Episode 7: Dr Vera Weghmann, PSIRU

We sit down with Dr Vera Weghmann (PSIRU, University of Greenwich) to discuss a bold and uncomfortable truth: the failure of energy liberalisation.

Episode 8: Andrea Oates

We often think we know what an occupational disease is – cancer, asbestos… but what about COVID? Andrea Oates, freelance health and safety journalist, lets the EPSU podcast know just why COVID is an occupational disease, and why it’s important for unions and policymakers to recognise this.

Episode 10: Tom Rawley, openDemocracy

Before the current conflict kicked off, journalist Tom Rawley, openDemocracy, discovered something shocking: the British Foreign Office used consultants and development aid to push for neo-liberal market reforms in Ukraine and undermine labour rights. In this episode of the EPSU podcast, he discusses the United Kingdom’s push to gaslight the Ukrainian working class.

Episode 11: Paola Panzeri, EPSU

Marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Paola Panzeri (EPSU) highlights just why workplace violence cannot be ignored and how unions can mobilise to support women.

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