A delegation of EPSU and the Belgian union Gazelco took the protests of the French energy unions to the French permanent delegation in Brussels. We showed our solidarity with the French unions in EDF, a dominantly state-owned company.
Fighting for a Future for All - EPSU supports Climate Change Protests
Friday starts a week of actions, strikes and other mobilizations to demand from our governments ambitious targets and concrete measures to address climate change. EPSU is calling for support for this movement to send a clear message to the UN summit on 23 September. As many young people say – listen to the scientists and take the urgent measures needed to secure a future on our planet for us. Many young people know this means fundamental change to current economic policies if we want to end the exploitation of our environment and of both young and older workers. It means putting People and Our Planet over Profits. And that is where a big part of the problem lies. Vested interests will fight to keep what they have. These are the industries that pollute and contribute to global warming and those economic activities that aim to secure profits for a few. It means a long battle. EPSU stresses that public services, public infrastructure and public companies are part of the answer. They do not focus on profit maximization. Workers in these services and companies take pride in ensuring people’s needs are met and that people can enjoy their human rights.
That is one of the reasons why we joined the protests of energy workers in French company EDF on 19 September. The state as major stakeholder wants to dismantle the company. We share the concerns that this will impact on the public service mission of this company. We joined the protest at the office of the French representation in Brussels and the head office of EDF’s Belgian subsidiary, Luminus, to express our solidarity.
EPSU will also take these messages to the new European Commission. The Commissioners are now known and public hearings in the European Parliament start at the end of September and in early October. The new Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, promises a Green deal and an action plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and so we expect a lot. The Commission and our governments in the EU and beyond have the tools to effect change for the benefit of working people, for our communities, for our planet. Time and again working people have shown that they do not accept the dismantling of public services nor increasing economic and social inequalities. We need action for Another Europe, Another World. It is possible. Success this week.
In view of the question from Mrs Sander (2019/2806 (RSP)) that is tabled for discussion in the European Parliament on Thursday 19 September 2019, EPSU stresses that the working time directive and subsequent case law must apply to all firefighters in France, whether they have professional or volunteer status.
EPSU, Europe’s voice of 8 million pubic service unions is supporting the many actions to demand urgent actions of the UN Summit 23 September, from our governments and the European Commission and European Council.
Addressing public debt is an important issue for unions. The constituency started with a PSI seminar of this topic.
On June 1st and 2nd this year, on the eve of the 10th EPSU congress, the 10th EPSU Youth network meeting took place with almost 50 participants. The second biggest ever meeting of the EPSU Youth over the years.
Public debt crises happen more often than we think and including in developed countries. It means that a government can no longer service its debt payments.