May. 29, 2019 Just over 300 members of the Fagforbundet and FO health and welfare trade unions in three hospitals began strike action on 29 May in protest at unfair pension arrangements. The unions, among several coordinated by the LO confederation in its LO Stat group, are claiming full pension rights from day one and from the first Krone earnt in line with the arrangements in the municipal sector. At the moment employees working less than 20% of normal full-time hours are not able to build up pension rights. The unions point out that this is clearly gender discrimination as 75% of those affected are women. The unions estimate that the cost of providing pensions to this group of workers is only around 0.1% of the total hospital pay bill.
May. 29, 2019 The public service federations - FP-CGIL, CISL-FP and UIL-FPL- organised a rally in Rome outside the health ministry on 23 May and sent a delegation to talk to the health minister about the continuing dispute in the private health sector. The unions want a resolution to the dispute over the failure of the two employer organisations - ARIS (religious health institutions) and AIOP (private sector hospitals) - to negotiate a new collective agreement for the sector. The last agreement was signed 12 years ago. The unions want the health ministry to put pressure on the employers to negotiate and to ensure resources are available to fund the long-awaited pay increase.
May. 29, 2019 A new report from the Eurofound research agency, based on the European Working Conditions Survey, reveals key factors influencing health and well-being at work. While regulations on working time are important in restricting excessive hours, the report warns that work intensity and flexibility also need to be addressed. It also says that working arrangements are an important element and that more job control can help improve well-being along with the basic factors that demonstrate a recognition of a worker's skills and commitment, including pay, career prospects and job security.
May. 28, 2019 The FNV and other unions are facing tough negotiations in both hospitals (200000 workers) and mental health (80000 workers). In the hospital sector the employers have made an unacceptable offer of a 2.5% pay rise when the unions are looking for a 5% increase as well action to protect working time and rest periods and initiatives on employee health and training to improve retention. Similarly, in mental health unions want better pay and limits on flexibility but are being confronted by employer demands to reduce working time protection and sick pay provision.
May. 28, 2019 The ver.di health union in the Baden-Württemberg region has successfully negotiated a new pay deal with the Schmieder group of rehabilitation clinics that brings the pay of the 2000 employees in line with pay in municipal hospitals. The agreement will run until 31 March 2021 when the union will again aim to keep pay in alignment. There is only one other private health facility in the region - a non-profit organisation - that is also in line with the public sector. Ver.di sees the Schmieder deal as setting the standard and negotiated just in time to put pressure on the Waldberg-Zeil clinic in Oberschwaben where the next round of negotiations takes place on 19 June and where 600 workers have already taken strike action.
May. 23, 2019
EPSU has joined with the global and European doctors' organisations - WMA and CPME - in condeming the prison sentences imposed on 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) and has written to the European institutions calling for action.
May. 17, 2019
European elections - EPSU’s key demands for a different Europe - for People and the Planet, not for Profits
EPSU has sent the Members of Parliament seeking re-election, as well as a large number of candidates our proposals for what we expect from the Commission and the European Parliament in the next mandate.
May. 16, 2019
Trade unions set up global union network in German multinational Fresenius active in care and renal dialysis
The German company Fresenius active across the global in care, renal dialysis and medical products is quickly building a reputation of a company that does not respect its workers.
May. 16, 2019 Negotiations over the pay and conditions of 55000 hospitals doctors are set to resume on 21 May with the Marburger Bund doctors' union looking for a clear statement from the VKA municipal employers' organisation on two key points - the demand for two free weekends each month and a maximum number of hours on standby duty. The union has organised a number of warning strikes to support its negotiating team and will consider further action if the VKA doesn't make a better offer in the next negotiating round.
May. 16, 2019 The POEDIN health workers' union organised a national strike and demonstration on 16 May in protest at the austerity still being suffered by the public health service. The union argues that massive underfunding and staff shortages are making it impossible to deliver services and many people are forced to use the expensive private sector as waiting lists rise. There is a recruitment crisis in the sector with no new workers taken on over the last three years while 3000 have retired. Overall staffing is 6000 below its 2014 level while workers face poverty wages. A university trained nurse has a starting salary of only EUR 640 a month. Understaffing has led to overwork with hospital workers owed anything from 60 to 150 days' of compensatory leave.
May. 14, 2019 The presidents and general secretaries of the three main public service federations - FP-CGIL, UIL-FPL and CISL-FP - met with representatives of the two main private health employers' organisations, AIOP and ARIS on 3 May. The meeting was an attempt to resolve a conflict and negotiate the renewal of the collective agreement that was last negotiated 12 years ago. The unions want pay in the private sector aligned with that in the public health collective agreement. They also want a national agreement and so no regional variations. The talks are now suspended while the unions wait for the employers to confirm that there are the financial resources available to fund the agreement.
May. 10, 2019 Hundreds of thousands of public service workers joined demonstrations around the country on 9 May as part of national strike action and protests against government plans for public sector reform. An estimated 30000 took part in the main demonstration in Paris, bringing together nine trade union federations in the public sector and indicating the extent of trade union unity in opposition to job cuts, pay freezes and initiatives to undermine employment security and trade union rights. The unions are demanding a proper process of social dialogue over the government proposals which are due to be presented to parliament on 13 May.
May. 02, 2019 Eight trade unions in the AP-HP group of hospitals in Paris - CGT, SUD, FO, CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, UNSA and SMPS - organised joint strike action on 18-20 April demanding proper negotiations with hospital management over a number of issues. The unions are calling for an end to cuts to jobs and services which saw 405 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts cut last year with a further 779 FTE to go this year. The unions say that management are targeting staff costs as the main way to reduce their deficits and workers are facing a pay freeze until 2023.