What is at stake for public service workers in EP elections 2024 – joining debate

FNV debate on Europe with Elmar Smid, Edwin Kuiper, Kim van Sparretak, Groningen, 8 April 2024

FNV debate on Europe with Elmar Smid, Edwin Kuiper, Kim van Sparretak, Groningen, 8 April 2024

(9 April 2024) The Dutch union FNV organised an information session and debate with members on what is at stake for workers and public services in the 6-9 June 2024 elections for members of the European Parliament. The EPSU General Secretary joined the discussions with Kim van Sparrentak of the Dutch GreenLeft-Labour Party.

  • Workers concerned that Single Market leads to more liberalisation and commercialisation of public services like for health and care.
  • Understanding that new economic governance rules will impact on public spending with consequences for investment in Just Green and Digital Transition.
  • Solving staffing shortages through more workers, better pay and conditions in health and care and other public services will be impossible resulting in negative impact on quality of care and services.
  • Strong demand and support for an EU that protects and promotes workers’ rights like in case of platform and migrant workers.
  • Public funds like those used for public contracts and concessions to be conditioned on respect for collective agreements. Funds should not go to union-busting companies, nor to those that avoid paying taxes or those that violate environmental obligations
  • Role of corporate lobbies with large sums of money is negative for the interests of workers and people as they influence rules in favour of profits and away from rules that protect people and planet.

The debate took place 8 April 2024, Groningen.

For the EPSU demands for the EP elections