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
The new year started with the news that the UK based company Carillion, a major provider of public services had collapsed. Thousands of workers face the loss of their jobs and the government had to step in to keep public services running. A sad example but one that underlines our demands that public services should be kept public.
On 14 December, Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici attended the ETUC Executive Committee to discuss the Commission’s package to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union.
The final weeks of the year will be busy ones. We expect proposals from the European Commission to integrate the Fiscal Compact in EU legislation.
With EU pillar of social rights in place, time is ticking for Commission to deliver on social partner agreements
Europe’s unions made their voice heard over the past few weeks leading up to the declaration of the EU Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg on 17 November.
This week Europe’s workers are showing anger over the lack of investment and continued austerity. One of the Belgian public service unions is organizing on 10 October a strike as the Government continues its austerity policies.
European Commission President Juncker gave his State of the European Union speech on 13 September. Reactions have been mixed to say the least. It misses credibility.
An intense political year comes to a close during which we focused extensively on human rights violations and threats to democracy in Turkey. The Turkish authorities have been attacking voices critical to its regime for over a year now.
A groundbreaking report on remunicipalisation is now available with information on over 835 examples of services being brought back under public ownership or control.
We will celebrate Public Services Day on the 23rd of June, when we all recognise and honour all those in public services who make such a valuable contribution to all of our lives.
Voters in the UK will elect a new government 8 June. We note that the Labour Party manifesto – supported by EPSU affiliates – promising increases in public investment and decent funding for public services, has changed the discourse of the election campaign.
EPSU's General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan gained first-hand knowledge of the troubled situation in Turkey as a member of a European and global Trade Union delegation to Turkey.
On May the first, International Workers Day (IWD) we received the sad news of the arrest of Zeynep Çelik a nurse and former Executive Committee member of EPSU Turkish affiliate Dev-Sağlık-İş (DISK).