Oct. 26, 2018 On 17 October, around 20000 trade union members from both private and public sectors marched through Kyiv city centre and blocked the government quarter. The main demands of the demonstration were for investment in industry for decent jobs, raise the minimum wage to help stop emigration, not to increase utilities prices, for the state budget to allocate the equivalent of 7% of GDP to education and 5% to healthcare, to urgently pay outstanding wages to more than 100,000 workers and to stop state’s takeover of trade union property and respect trade union rights.
Oct. 12, 2018
Over 60 participants, mainly affiliates from EPSU and the ETUCE education federation, met in Brussels on 8-9 October to debate the impact of the European Semester – the EU’s process of economic governance – on public services.
Aug. 31, 2018 The ADEDY civil service confederation is planning an anti-austerity protest on 8 September in Thessaloniki to coincide with the city's international fair which will be opened by prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. The confederation aims to highlight the fact that workers and pensioners continue to suffer the impact of deep austerity measures despite the country exiting the bailout programme. With economic output having fallen by 25%, unemployment still over 20% and massive staff shortages in key public services, particularly healthcare, ADEDY argues that austerity continues to bite. The confederation will highlight a range of key measures it is calling for including increases to wages and pensions, increased recruitment to health and other public services and a restoration of union and bargaining rights.
Apr. 06, 2018
Localising the European Semester - joint social dialogue project in the local and regional government sector
The European Semester provides a framework for the coordination of economic policies across the European Union.
Mar. 06, 2018
The austerity measures imposed by the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF are leaving their mark on workers and people of Greece.
Feb. 21, 2018
The EU social partners met the Bulgarian finance minister Vladislav Goranov, and now in the Presidency, the European Commission and others to discuss the prospects for the European economy, 19 February 2018.
Jan. 25, 2018 The ADEDY public services and GSEE private sector confederations organised a day of protest on 15 January against the latest austerity measures being voted on in Parliament as part of the package agreed with European lenders. The measures will mean further cuts to public service employment, cuts to pensions and tax allowances and restrictions on the right to strike.
Jan. 16, 2018
Slovenian public service workers plan to strike on the 24th of January and possibly again in February. The reason for the strike is to denounce that public service workers in Slovenia are not receiving their deserved pay increase for the work they do which is not only difficult but dangerous.
Dec. 15, 2017 A 24-hour strike called by the ADEDY and GSEE confederations on 14 December had widespread impact on public services across the country. The confederations were protesting at further austerity measures with plans for cuts in pensions and take-home pay as well as threats to the right to strike. EPSU sent a solidarity message.