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.
On Friday 28 September, workers from several elderly care homes joined a protest in Berlin against the appalling anti-union attitude of Celenus, the German subsidiary of the French multinational company Orpea.
With only few months to go until the European elections Commission President Juncker’s state of the union speech on 12 September brought neither the commitment to social justice nor the action to address inequalities and poverty that many are looking for.
After 8 years of imposed pain and suffering for the Greek people the country has left the EU stability support programme. However, youth unemployment remains over 50% and many young people have left the country.
With summer vacations around the corner the Brussels political year is coming to a close. At a summer school for trade union leaders last week we laid the basis for the European Trade Union Confederation’s Congress in 2019.
Two important directives are currently on the agenda of the Parliament and Council. One covers Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions and the other relates to Drinking Water.
EU Member States and the European Parliament are currently working on their positions regarding the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive proposed by the European Commission in December last year.
As we continue our preparations for our Congress in Ireland in 2019, we are more aware of developments there and I was struck by a recent speech on Europe by the Irish President Michael D. Higgins.
On 8 May, the EPSU Executive Committee agreed to launch a legal challenge to the European Commission’s decision to reject the social partner agreement on informa
Europe’s public service workers protest and organize for respect, improved pay and democracy at work
Previous EPSU newsletters have shown that public service workers are taking the lead for better pay. Actions are continuing with many unions currently involved in pay disputes in:
The results of the Hungarian parliamentary elections brought back its authoritarian prime minister Orban with close to 50% of the votes and a large majority in Parliament Sunday 8th April. The main opposition is the extreme right wing party Jobbik.