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.
Forget information and consultation rights in EU law Commissioner tells public administration workers
Public service workers know that the EU coordinated austerity policies lead to restructuring of public administrations, agencies and services.
Several EPSU affiliates are planning symbolic strike actions on International Women’s Day and many will be organizing events and rallies. Others will focus on politicians and social media campaigns.
We have had enough of the continuing discrimination against women on the labour market, of the gender pay and pensions gaps and violence at home and at the workplace.
On 30th January the EPSU President and General Secretary, as representatives of the Right to Water campaign, met European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella to hear about proposals to improve access to drinking water for vulnerable people in Europe