Public service trade unionists from across the Mediterranean region met online last week (14-15 September) to discuss the challenges they face in asserting their fundamental rights to organise, negotiate and take strike action.
Local and Regional Government
Local services are, by definition, at the front line of public services. Users of these services come into direct contact with the men and women that provide them, be they fire-fighters, culture workers, librarians, archivists, municipal police, social services workers, teachers, cleaners, waste collectors, community liaison personnel or local administrators. EPSU represents local and regional government workers across Europe and is committed to ensuring high quality and efficient public services supported by a well-trained and skilled work force and decent working conditions.
Austerity measures and remunicipalisation, digitalisation of local services, the impact of trade agreements on local services, and ensuring socially responsible procurement are key policy challenges to this sector addressed in the frame of EPSU's Standing Committee Local and Regional Government.
EPSU is also the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in local and regional government throughout the European Union and covers approximately 17 million workers.
Mads Samsing of HK Kommunal, Denmark, is the President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government (LRG). Paola Panzeri is the contact person in EPSU (Policy Staff – Local and Regional Government, Gender Equality, Firefighters) for the sector.View contacts
After intensive negotiations over the weekend, public services union ver.di has negotiated a new collective agreement covering 2.3 million workers in municipal and federal government with specific measures benefiting employees in health and social care.
Joint Statement on the 10th anniversary of the Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work
A decade ago, the European Sectoral Social Partners, EPSU, UNI EUROPA, ETUCE, HOSPEEM, CEMR, EFEE, EuroCommerce, CoESS identified third-party violence and harassment at the workplace as one of the key health and safety challenges to face within the European Economic Area
The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis. However, the tough but needed measures to contain the virus have led to an economic crisis and without the appropriate measures we risk exacerbating the emerging social crisis
EPSU has today sent a letter to the prime minister of Poland,Mateusz Morawiecki, protesting agains the so-called Shield Two Act that poses a major threat to the jobs and pay and conditions of civil servants and other workers in public administration.
Yesterday, the Local and Regional Government standing committee met online with Ronald Janssen, OECD, and affiliates to reflect upon the impact of COVID 19 on Economic and Labour Market Policy, especially what this means the local and regional government sector.
There is a number of websites that provide useful information and guidance on responses to the COVID-19 coronavirus. These include the World Health Organisation (WHO), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and various web pages of the European Commission. Below we provide links to the most relevant sections.