The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis. However, the tough but needed measures to contain the virus have led to an economic crisis and without the appropriate measures we risk exacerbating the emerging social crisis
Local and Regional Government
Local services are, by definition, at the front line of public services. Users of these services come into direct contact with the men and women that provide them, be they fire-fighters, culture workers, librarians, archivists, municipal police, social services workers, teachers, cleaners, waste collectors, community liaison personnel or local administrators. EPSU represents local and regional government workers across Europe and is committed to ensuring high quality and efficient public services supported by a well-trained and skilled work force and decent working conditions.
Austerity measures and remunicipalisation, digitalisation of local services, the impact of trade agreements on local services, and ensuring socially responsible procurement are key policy challenges to this sector addressed in the frame of EPSU's Standing Committee Local and Regional Government.
EPSU is also the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in local and regional government throughout the European Union and covers approximately 17 million workers.
Mads Samsing of HK Kommunal, Denmark, is the President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government (LRG). Paola Panzeri is the contact person in EPSU (Policy Staff – Local and Regional Government, Gender Equality, Firefighters, Childcare, Digital Agenda ) for the sector.View contacts
The European Commission adopted a European union circular economy action plan in March 2020. EPSU organised a discussion with Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Commissioner responsible.
EPSU has today sent a letter to the prime minister of Poland,Mateusz Morawiecki, protesting agains the so-called Shield Two Act that poses a major threat to the jobs and pay and conditions of civil servants and other workers in public administration.
Yesterday, the Local and Regional Government standing committee met online with Ronald Janssen, OECD, and affiliates to reflect upon the impact of COVID 19 on Economic and Labour Market Policy, especially what this means the local and regional government sector.
There is a number of websites that provide useful information and guidance on responses to the COVID-19 coronavirus. These include the World Health Organisation (WHO), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and various web pages of the European Commission. Below we provide links to the most relevant sections.
Local and Regional Governments Social Dialogue committee adopts joint reaction to consultation on fair minimum wages
In its first meeting in 2020, the Social dialogue Committee adopted a joint reaction on fair minimum wages, as part of the first-stage consultation of social partners on Fair Minimum Wages in the EU
Trade unions representing firefighters in Europe strongly denounce all attempts to exempt firefighters in Europe from the provisions of the European Working Time Directive 2003/88 / EC.
This joint project looked at new ways to establish or reinforce existing channels that allow the involvement of social partners in the yearly mechanism of the European Semester.
The Social Dialogue Committee of Local and Regional Governments adopts its New Work Programme 2020 – 2022
On November 27, the Social Dialogue Committee of Local and Regional Governments met in Brussels to discuss the past mandate and to adopt the new work programme for the next three years (2020 – 2022).