Valuing public services, valuing public service workers!


23 June 2021, online meeting (Zoom) 09h30 – 16h00

Draft Programme

First panel (9h30 - 10h45)

Public Services and delivering on human rights

Opening remarks Mette Nord (EPSU President)

Olivier De Schutter (UN rapporteur):

Role of public services in addressing poverty and human rights - with a special focus on the European Union and economic governance

Richard Kozul-Wright (UNCTAD):

Future of public services in delivering the Green and Social Deal and Just Transformation - and how to deal with debt

Discussants: Kevin Callinan (Forsa, Ireland) & Serena Sorrentino (PF-CGIL, Italy)

Moderator: Phillipe Pochet (ETUI)

Second panel (11h15-12h30)

Trade unions, public services and public ownership

Eve Livingston (journalist, author of Make Bosses Pay: Why We Need Unions)

Leigh Phillips (journalist, author of The People's Republic of Walmart)

Discussants: Alina Tankeliun, Lithuanian Health Care Workers Union, Youth representative and Penny Clarke (EPSU Deputy General Secretary)

Moderator: Nicola Countouris, Director Research Department (ETUI)

Third panel (14h00 – 16h00)

Organising the fight against privatisation

  • Yiorgos Archontopoulos, President of EYATH union, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sergio Fernandez Ruiz, FSS-CCOO Madrid, responsible for public sector, Spain
  • Asel Maratovna Tishtyk, Deputy President of the Healthcare trade union in Kazakhstan
  • Nathalie Niort, CGT General Secretary, Guy Thomas Hospital Center, France
  • Bas van Weegberg, Board member of the FNV, Netherlands
  • Cristina Petrella, Co-Branch Secretary Tate United, PCS trade union, United Kingdom

Moderator: Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary (EPSU)

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