Unhappy meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the menu at McDonald’s, joint report EPSU, EFFAT, SEIU and War on Want, 24 February 2015PrefaceThis report is the product of a coalition of European and American trade unions, representing more than 15 million workers in different sectors of the economy
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is holding a press conference to announce that it is taking the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for breaching article 155 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It will file the complaint on Tuesday 15 May.
(May 2016) A new agreement covering the public sector provides a 7.5% pay increase for many workers but also higher increases of 10%-15% for some professions. An important element of the agreement is that it can be extended to private and non-profit organisations who provide services to the public sector. The agreement also includes provisions to ensure more full-time work for part-time workers who want it. Read more at Histadrut
Services union ver.di organised a strike of airport workers on 27 April to support the current negotiations covering 2.14 million employees in federal and local government. The union dismissed the employers' offer of a 0.6% pay rise this year (1.2% in 2017 and 2018) as an insult. Ver.di's claim is for a 6% increase in a 12-month deal, along with an extra EUR 100 for trainees. Read more at ver.di (DE).
(19 May 2016) The European Commission still refuses to make a real change in its economic policy. Yesterday it published its country-specific recommendations, a key stage in the process of economic policy coordination – the European Semester. The overriding message remains one of public deficit and
European Parliament calls for tougher rules on tax avoidance but they’ll need to be tougher still to stop corporate tax dodging
(25 May 2016) The European Parliament has long been an ally of the tax justice movement, pushing for concrete and ambitious measures against the tax dodgers. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) has voted its recommendations on the Commission’s proposed Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive
(May 2016) After three rounds of negotiations and a series of warning strikes, public sector unions have agreed a two-year deal covering just over two million workers in national and local government. There will be a 2.4% pay increase this year, backdated to 1 March and a 2.35% next year as of 1 February. There are also increases for apprentices and an extension to the agreement to offer apprentices jobs when they quality. Read more at ver.di (DE)
(May 2016) The ST civil service union has negotiated a new agreement covering companies in the rail infrastructure sector. There will be a wage increase of 2.38% along with increases on unsocial hours payments and the agreement runs until 30 April 2017. There are also provisions to increase job security with monitoring of the use of fixed-term contracts, The agreement also includes clearer language on the employer's responsibility for the working environment, covering issues like workloads, overtime and victimization. Read more at ST (SV)
(June 2, 2016) ST, Sweden’s largest union in the state sector with some 90,000 members, 70% of whom are women, held its Congress in Stockholm that meets once every four years.In her opening speech, Britta Lejon, President of ST (re-elected) and of EPSU’s NEA Committee, was proud to report that the
(June 2016) The union for National Academy of Sciences Workers organised a demonstration outside the parliament on 15 June call for a major increase in spending on science spending. The union points out that, according to the final provisions of the Law on Science, such funding should be 1.7% of GDP by 1 January 2020, but last year it was only 0.3% of GDP, and this year is 0.2%. The lack of funding is having a direct impact on science workers and if there is no increase then employees of the National Academy will either have to go on unpaid leave or work part-time. This is part of a long
Press Statement (Brussels 29 June 2016) The Luxembourg court condemned on 29 June LuxLeaks whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, former employees at PWC, to 12 and 9 months suspended sentence respectively; journalist Edouard Perrin was cleared. In response, European trade unions call for
(July 2016) The secretary of state with responsibility for public administration has acknowledged the need to resume social dialogue on working conditions. The FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT trade union federations have made clear some of their main aims in such negotiations. They want to see adequate funding for public sector jobs along with contracts that provide stability and continuity. They also want to start recuperating the cuts imposed in recent years inlcuding the 5% cut in salary from 2010, a return to the 35-hour week and an end to the replacement rate limiting the number of leavers who are