Unions and civil society’s resistance to CETA has clearly intensified in recent weeks. Numerous demonstrations and political activities, many involving EPSU members, provide ample evidence that public sector workers remain convinced that CETA represents a bad deal for workers and a bad deal for Europe. EPSU has called on its affiliates to keep up the pressure on governments to oppose CETA in the run-up to the proposed Council signing of the unloved trade agreement on the 18th of October.
Interestingly political resistance to CETA is growing in many Member States supported by demonstrations and actions. Political institutions and parties have been extremely vocal in recent days in stating their opposition to CETA, with Seanad Ireland’s upper house of Parliament voting to reject CETA. Political resistance to CETA by Member States is important in that the trade deal has to be unanimously accepted by all EU countries before it can be ratified.
EPSU enthusiastically supported World Day Decent Work on the 7th of October which was marked by a number of events, activities and announcements from ETUC and PSI, among others. PSI marked the occasion by announcing the imminent unveiling of a new women’s economic empowerment campaign, which will be launched at APRECON2016, which is taking place at Fukuoka, from the 9th to the 12th of October.
We have also recently engaged in a number of debates and forums addressing the issues surrounding water quality, including proposals to improve drinking water including discussions on evaluating the Drinking Water Directive and the Water Reuse Initiative. These undertakings support one of EPSU’s key demands which is the realization of the right to water and sanitation globally. EPSU has also been actively expressing its support for a number of ongoing strikes and actions as your unions continue to defend and promote workers interest, we will keep going together as together we can bring about real change.
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