In the lead up to this week’s European elections we have seen what the extreme right is capable of in seeking to win votes.
People and planet over profit – a key message for the upcoming national and European elections – we #ElectNoHate
Thousands of health and care workers marched through Brussels on 7 May to demand more resources and more staff for the sector. They want more public money to improve services and not to end up in the coffers of shareholders.
Polish teachers, school assistants and other workers started a strike for better pay and recognition of their hard work on 8 April. That is 15 days ago and they are still going strong.
The ETUC is calling for trade union delegations to join the European demonstration on 26 April in Brussels. There will be an EPSU contingent and we hope you will join us.
The impact of austerity on working families was again exposed last week, this time in a report of the Living Wage Foundation in the UK.
We have recently been working closely with ETUC to influence the negotiations over the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive. The European Council and European Parliament discussing a compromise over the Commission’s proposal.
A healthy and happy New Year to all of you. We hope that the year brings many successes in organising new workers and in improving the pay and conditions of our members and Europe’s workers. This year will be special with several key events.
Protests against the Hungarian Government’s decision to make workers do more overtime continued in Budapest last week.
Trade unions are taking part in the COP24 conference in Katowice that runs from 3-14 December. COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
It is now one year since the EU Pillar of Social Rights was declared in Gothenburg. We take stock in this newsletter. Progress to realise the Pillar has been slow.
Firefighters, care workers, prison service staff, public servants and many other public service workers have all recently been involved in industrial action. EPSU affiliates have been mobilising, many with similar demands.