On 14-15 September the first regional seminar of a two-year project on trade union rights took place with participants from across the Mediterranean region. The project is being run jointly by EPSU and the European federations representing police (EuroCOP) and military personnel (EUROMIL). There were contributions from experts from the ETUC and International Labour Organisation and an exchange on the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive which includes an article providing member states with the possibility of excluding a large group of public service workers from its coverage. The next regional meeting will take place online on 16-17 November and will cover the following countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Federations debate trade union rights in public services
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The FPU trade union federation took part in a parliamentary hearing earlier this month to highlight the urgent need to protect basic trade union rights. The trade union representatives gave evidence of the attacks on trade unions, banning of trade union leaders from workplaces and attempts to seize trade union property by the authorities. The unions set out a range of demands to the committee including a law to protect trade union property, measures to underpin the right to strike and effective enforcement of the core ILO conventions on collective bargaining and freedom of association as well