Health and care workers take to the streets to demand change

EPSU action on 9 December in Brussels

EPSU action on 9 December in Brussels

(9 December 2022) As Europe’s health ministers gathered for a European Council meeting on health, workers from across the continent marched in Brussels to call for action.

The protest was organised by EPSU, the representative European trade union organisation for health and care. Representatives from unions from Romania, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and beyond marched through freezing cold weather from Place Madou to Rond-Point Schuman, where health ministers from the EU’s 27 Member States were meeting for the health configuration of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council.

The day was just one more in a wave of actions in health and care that has swept Europe. From the UK to Georgia, workers have been calling for better pay, safe staffing and an end to the commercialisation of care. Delegations also met with health representatives from the Czech Presidency of the EU and European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit – though Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides. The issues that workers faced three years ago and during the pandemic – but nothing has changed. With the applause of the pandemic now a distant memory, the protesters made their message very clear: applause is not enough.

Read more about their demands here.

Read more about actions across Europe here.

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  • workers from across the continent marched in Brussels to call for action.

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