The FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT public service federations have called a strike on 16 October involving workers in the government's overseas services. The strike is in protest at the freezing of salaries for the 7000 workers in the service and increasingly precarious employment conditions. The unions say that the strike is necessary as there has been no response to their demands since a meeting a meeting in June and despite a number of other protests and actions so far in 2017.
Privatisation, Economic Policy, Central government, Embassy and household staff, Economic Policy
(June 2017) Embassy, tourist office and other international staff around the world are taking strike action to secure pay rises and end a long-term pay freeze that has seen wages in some countries fall to below national minima. Unions are looking for a 20% pay increase, arguing that in some countries inflation has meant a 40% loss of purchasing power for some workers. Action has taken place or is planned in several countries including Canada, Sweden, the United States and Argentina.
(Brussels, 4 March 2011) The European Commission has introduced a series of [legislative proposals-> http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/articles/eu_economic_situation/2010-09eu_economic_governance_proposals_en.htm] to strengthen the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) and to deal with macro-economic imbalances. These
(24 March 2011) Corporate Observatory Europe with whom EPSU collaborates in the Alter-EU and Reclaiming Public Water Network has published an interesting analysis of influence of large Capital and Big
(March 2017) The three main confederations - CGIL, CISL and UIL - have negotiated a new labour agreement that covers employees of embassies, consulates, legations, cultural institutes and other international organisations in Italy. The agreement runs for three years (2017-2019) and includes a 3.6% pay increase as well as a new mandatory payment by employers to the FIS Fund which provides benefits in the case of losing a job or having a cut in hours.