Protest action and a petition promoted by the vpod/ssp public services union and supported by other trade unions, political parties and civil society has led to a change to draft legislation in the Freibourg/Fribourg region that would have removed the right to strike for care workers (see epsucob@NEWS 15, 2017). The union said that the mobilisation of care staff had been important for the outcome and reinforces the importance of the right to strike in underpinning the unions' ability to negotiate effectively.
Union action preserves right to strike for care workers
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The past month was a busy one for EPSU, particularly with the 52nd Meeting of our Executive Committee and the launch of our brand new website. It was also a month which saw the international day of commemoration for all workers injured, killed or made ill in the workplace (28 April).