The main trade union confederations are taking part in the major national demonstration on 28 May. The unions are particularly concerned about the government’s refusal to engage in meaningful social dialogue and to consult trade unions over key pieces of legislation. The unions are also raising concerns about government plans on tax and other measures that mainly benefit the rich and risk undermining the welfare state. EPSU sent messages of solidarity.
Trade unions back major protest over government policy
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Police in Latvia estimated that 10,000 people joined the demonstration earlier this month against government economic policies making it the biggest since the country’s independence in 1991. Public sector trade unions supported the march and the ETUC called for a new social deal across Europe that would provide an alternative to the neo-liberal policies being proposed by governments in Latvia and Lithuania. The ETUC wants to see more of a focus on decent work rather than policies that resort to cuts in pay and reliance on precarious employment. [Read more at > Associated Press (EN)->http://www
The three main confederations - CGIL, CISL and UIL - organised a joint demonstration on 9 February to protest over government policies. They set out a broad range of demands including the creation of quality jobs, increased public and private investment, fair and equitable tax policies, a revaluation of pensions, measures to improve the provision of welfare, health, education and other public services and renewal of collective agreements in the public sector. EPSU sent a message of support.
The Health Workersù Union of Ukraine (HWUU) organised a major protest outside the national parliament on 19 September focusing on pay, healthcare funding and against the commercialisation of the health system. The union called on the government to respond to the labour dispute registered by the union last year and to deal with urgent issues around unpaid wages and failure to properly implement the agreed pay system. The union was also calling for increased funding for the sector and other initiatives to improve health provision. EPSU sent a message of solidarity.