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).
The state of trade union rights in Turkey, recent protests in Belarus and attacks on unions in other countries were discussed with Anton Leppik at the last EPSU Executive Committee.
This year’s World Water Day was special. For the first time we celebrated the fact that an European Union Member State, Slovenia, has enshrined the human right to water and sanitation in its constitution. And if Slovenia can do it, then surely all Member States can do it.
We celebrated International Women’s Day #IWD 8 March. For over a century the workers’ movement has campaigned to fight against discrimination between men and women and for gender equality. We have achieved a lot. But the pay gap remains. In the EU it is over 17%.
Welcome to this special edition of the EPSU Newsletter, two crucial events took place in the European trade unions and European Union sphere, last week, which we believe merit the focus of their own publication.
CETA the EU-Canadian trade deal will be voted on at the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg this week.
Welcome to the latest edition of the EPSU newsletter. Read about how protests against the EU-Canadian trade agreement CETA have intensified as the European Parliament plenary vote approaches, now expected on February 15th.
This edition of the EPSU newsletter chronicles a surge in European trade union actions in support of workers rights and against further austerity measures.