Embassy and household staff, Economic Policy
The FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT public service federations have called a strike on 16 October involving workers in the government's overseas services. The strike is in protest at the freezing of salaries for the 7000 workers in the service and increasingly precarious employment conditions. The unions say that the strike is necessary as there has been no response to their demands since a meeting a meeting in June and despite a number of other protests and actions so far in 2017.
(June 2017) Embassy, tourist office and other international staff around the world are taking strike action to secure pay rises and end a long-term pay freeze that has seen wages in some countries fall to below national minima. Unions are looking for a 20% pay increase, arguing that in some countries inflation has meant a 40% loss of purchasing power for some workers. Action has taken place or is planned in several countries including Canada, Sweden, the United States and Argentina.
(March 2017) The three main confederations - CGIL, CISL and UIL - have negotiated a new labour agreement that covers employees of embassies, consulates, legations, cultural institutes and other international organisations in Italy. The agreement runs for three years (2017-2019) and includes a 3.6% pay increase as well as a new mandatory payment by employers to the FIS Fund which provides benefits in the case of losing a job or having a cut in hours.
(October 2016) EPSU joined the ETUC delegation at the Macroeconomic Dialogue meeting on 25 October where public investment and the Juncker investment plan (the European Fund for Strategic Investments - EFSI) were top of the agenda. EPSU pointed out that there was a continuing problem with levels of
European trade unions fight for workers' rights in aftermath brexit.Leaders of European Trade unions in the ETUC met UK unionists to discuss the consequences of BREXIT. The extraordinary committee adopted a statement that calls for an end to austerity. We ask for more investment in public services