23 June is International Public Service Day. We celebrate it without the very constringent measures of the worst of the COVID19 pandemic, but we do not forget what this pandemic has meant for public services workers who kept society going...
EPSU Executive: Internal Decision-Making
EPSU’s Executive Committee is responsible for determining policies in between Congresses and meets at least once per year. Representation of unions is on a country basis. It is led by EPSU’s President Mette Nord (Fagforbundet, Norway) , and General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan. The Vice-Presidents are Françoise Geng (CGT Santé Action Sociale France), Thomas Kattnig (Younion, Austria), Liz Snape (Unison, UK) and Anatoliy Domnikov (HWURF, Russia).
Four Standing Committees focus the technical and vocational / sectoral work of EPSU:
- Health and Social Services (HSS)
- Local and Regional Government (LRG)
- National and European Administration (NEA)
- Public Utilities (UT)
As recovery from the pandemic is taking place several finance ministers have started to argue we have to go back to balanced budgets and reduce state debts. EPSU and many other unions argued at the ETUC mid term conference that we can not go back to austerity.
One year on the pandemic is still raging across the globe. India and Brazil are very sad testimonies of governments that failed to put workers’ and peoples’ interests before narrow, ideological and corporate elite interests.