Europe’s union leaders came together to discuss the priorities for our trade union struggle for the next 2-3 years at the end of May in Rome.
Anti-austerity measures and increased public investment move to centre of Europe’s policy debate
Voters in the UK will elect a new government 8 June. We note that the Labour Party manifesto – supported by EPSU affiliates – promising increases in public investment and decent funding for public services, has changed the discourse of the election campaign. This unapologetically anti-austerity manifesto has proved popular throughout the country and has confirmed what we have been saying for some time. Many European citizens have had enough of the failed austerity measures which have reduced jobs in key public services, led to a lowering of wages and undermined collective bargaining. Whatever the final outcome of the UK election, anti-austerity is now front and centre in the European political debate, which we welcome and will continue to vigorously pursue with our affiliates and our trade union partners.
To this end read about how Europe’s Trade Union leaders met in Rome recently, to affirm the importance of Social Europe. The EPSU delegation urged delegates to continue to actively pursue anti austerity measures, including supporting increased public investment and greater financial backing for quality public services. Gloria Mills, the President of the ETUC and of the EPSU Women’s Committee introduced amendments promoting gender equality and gender parity within the ETUC by 2019. The message regarding the need for greater gender equality, quality public services and investment was strengthened by the speech delivered by EPSU’s Vice-President Francoise Geng.
EPSU confirmed its strong support for the ETUC’s ‘Europe needs a Pay Rise’ campaign. This commitment will be evident in our actions and activities around Public Service Workers Day, which takes place on the 23rd of June.
In this edition, we also report on the growing spectre of precarious work. This work model is of grave concern to EPSU and its affiliates and we will continue to fight against it spreading, at all possible opportunities.
Meanwhile, see how we continue to support our affiliates as they actively fight against the creeping tendency of privitisation of the health services and the outsourcing of services like in the European Central Bank for example.
A new briefing paper of Corporate Europe on the Creeping Privatisation of Health Care in the European Union provides detailed insight in the political and market mechanisms that increase health inequalities and lead to privatization of basic care.
Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Change Agreement underlines importance Just Transition
The US government has announced it will withdraw the US from the Climate Change Agreement signed in December 2015. The US President denied any responsibility of the US for historic and current levels of carbon emissions.
The European Union is currently debating proposals to make corporate tax more transparent, making it clearer if a multinational is paying tax where it should be.
On 16 and 17 May 2017 Ukrainian trade unions, ILO, ITUC, PERC and EPSU organised a workshop to exchange information on the health care reforms recently implemented or planned in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
European Commissioner Violeta Bulc responsible for transport policy was confronted with angry representatives of the various sectors in our sister Federation ETF, transport workers, when addressing their 5th Congress.
Turkey established appeals commission for dismissed workers – But it will not bring justice to ten thousands of public service workers
(Update 8 June 2017) The chair of Amnesty Turkey Mr. Taner has been arrested 6 June 2017. He is arrested for his work for Amnesty and accused of connections with terrorists .
This year’s Country Specific Recommendations represent another missed opportunity to give the European economy a boost with a significant increase in public investment.
On the evening of 22 May a terror attack killed 22 people and injured 59 during a concert in the Manchester Arena. We stand in solidarity across workplaces, countries and cultures with the UK people.