There were several reports recently that the Georgian government has intervened in peaceful actions and demonstrations of unions in Georgia.
Credibility of Juncker would benefit from being big on really big things
European Commission President Juncker gave his State of the European Union speech on 13 September. Reactions have been mixed to say the least. It misses credibility. Millions of workers are denied a solution to strengthen their information and consultation rights as nothing was said about bringing the agreement EPSU reached with the central government employers in December 2015 to the Council. Not a word about taking steps to implement the Right to water and sanitation in the European Union as demanded by the first ever successful European citizens’ initiative (ECI) in 2014. Who believes these people when they talk about being the Commission of Social Dialogue if they do not bring forward the fruits of the European social dialogue as the Treaty foresees? Who believes them when they talk about democratizing the European Union and reforming of the ECI if they fail to act upon the demands of people? The political and economic optimism is completely misplaced as there is an obvious disconnect between the words spoken and the reality of public service workers. Millions are still faced with pay freezes after nearly a decade of austerity coordinated at EU level. Unions in France, Spain, UK are mobilizing for better wages and conditions. In Germany, Ver.di is organizing actions for more staff in health and social services. Also in Ukraine, cuts in staff, increases in work pressures, stress and deteriorating quality of services led to workers taking to the streets on 19 September. This is the story of Europe’s public service workers. Juncker’s speech did not address this. It lacks the credibility that is needed for the future of the European Union. Its failure to be big on really big things like respect for social dialogue bolsters politicians like in Georgia. They think they can get away with actions against the union movement. The Commission should lead and not cower away.
Faced with an attempt to reduce the role and unique charter of the Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance, EPSU, many affiliates, water movement groups and activists have addressed an Open letter to UN Habitat.
We are fully behind the demands and actions, including strikes of the French public service unions for better pay and conditions and high quality public services stated the leadership of EPSU.
On 18 September 2017 and in the weeks to follow health workers in Germany will mobilise to get mandated staffing levels and to achieve substantial progress as to the reduction of workloads and stress at their workplaces.
EPSU Youth meeting stresses solidarity and plans for future work on jobs, rights and its voice in EPSU
With young workers from across Europe, the youth network held its largest meeting ever. 55 young workers participated and developed the work programme until Congress, elected a Steering Committee and agreed to work on youth unemployment, precarious work, organizing and much more.
Workers and union representatives in the French social service multinational specialised in elderly care, Korian, met in Brussels, in order to better coordinate their struggles and strategies to secure better pay and conditions for the almost 47.000 workers employed in 4 countries.
EPSU urges the European Commission to speed up investigation into McDonalds as exploitation of workers and tax dodging continue
Workers at McDonalds in the UK, US and many other places are out on strike today 4 September, US Labor Day Holiday. They protest against zero-hour contracts and low pay in McDonalds.
Workers had enough - Slovak unions fighting for pay increase for public service workers – protests likely in October
Slovak workers are angry. They are not benefitting from the current economic growth.