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.
May. 02, 2019 The Sanitas health trade union is continuing negotiations with the government and ministry of health over a range of issues including ensuring full funding is available to cover pay increases for 2019. Other key points relate to extra leave for healthcare workers and ensuring all in the sector benefit from pay increases. The union is also concerned that certain specific categories of higher qualified occupations such as pharmacists and psychologists are on the appropriate levels of the pay structure. Sanitas is positive about making progress.
Apr. 30, 2019 Health and care union ver.di is keeping up the momentum of its campaign to secure appropriate staffing levels in health, eldercare and other services. It is again organising a demonstration to coincide with the annual meeting of regional health ministers in Leipzig on 5 June. The union acknowledges that some progress has been made in terms of pay and funding for extra jobs but proposed minimum staffing levels don't ensure adequate levels of care. The union still wants to see federal standards for staffing that would deliver good quality care and it also wants to ensure that rehabilitation and psychiatric services are included.
Apr. 30, 2019
This article summarises the main topics addressed at the meeting as well as the major decisions taken at the 50th edition of the EPSU Standing Committee "Health and Social Services" (SC HSS) on 27 February.
Apr. 30, 2019 Five workers from the private health sector spoke at the rally on 15 April calling for a new agreement for the sector, 12 years after the last one was signed. The five workers - including nurses, a hospital manager and disability care worker - spoke about the challenges of surviving on pay levels unchanged for more than a decade and in the case of one for 17 years. Along with this they often face increasing work pressures as a result of staff shortages and even have to pay for their own training. In one hospital a nurse starts on only EUR 1350 a month and an experienced nurse gets only EUR 1520. The workers are calling for parity with the public sector and, ideally, a collective agreement that covers the whole sector, both public and private.
Apr. 16, 2019 The leaders of the three main trade union confederations - CGIL, CSIL and UIL - joined a major rally in Rome on 15 April for workers in private health care. The three federations representing the 300000 workers in the sector called the rally to discuss the next steps in their campaign to negotiate a new sector agreement, 12 years after the last one was signed. The federations highlight the heavy workloads and precarious employment conditions being faced by many private health workers. The unions are angry that after a year of negotiations, the two employer organisations - ARIS and AIOP - have so far refused to offer the level of funding needed to cover higher pay and other improvements in a new collective agreement.
Apr. 16, 2019 The Marburger Bund (MB) doctors' union organised a warning strike and 5000-strong national demonstration in Frankfurt on 10 April in protest at the failure of the VKA employers' organisation to address the union's key demands on working time. The negotiations cover around 55000 doctors employed in 500 municipal hospitals across the country. MB is calling for a set of clear measures to ensure better working time planning, reduced workloads and more free time. Following the third round of bargaining the union regards the latest employers' offer as just not worth considering. MB is looking for a reform of rules on on-call time, strict procedures on recording working time, two free weekends per month, clear maxima for on-call hours, no full-time work after a period on on-call and additional pay for on-call hours. The union has convened its collective bargaining committee to decide what next steps to take.
Apr. 15, 2019 Nine trade union organisations are now supporting the national public sector strike on 9 May - CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, CGT, FAFP, FO, FSU, Solidaires, and UNSA. The key demands are for the government to stop its plan for a transformation of the public service that involves around 120000 job cuts. The unions are also calling for an end to the pay freeze and a pay increase for all public sector workers. The unions claim that the government talks about the importance of the work of civil servants while at the same time undermining their rights, benefits and working conditions. They also say that there has been a failure to negotiate properly with the unions and to take account of the alternative proposals they have for the public sector.
Apr. 12, 2019
On 28 March 2019 EPSU participated, together with its representatives of the two national affiliates from Romania, Sanitas, and Croatia, HSSMS-MT, in the kick-off meeting of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU project focusing on strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector that will run in 2019 and 2020.