Oct. 17, 2018
Implementing EU pillar social rights needs public investment says EPSU at EU tripartite social summit
Member States need to do more to implement the principles in the Pillar to deliver public services like health, elderly, child and long-term care, water and energy.
Oct. 15, 2018
On 11 October 2018, EPSU’s Utilities Standing Committee came together to discuss several urgent issues.
Oct. 12, 2018
Over 60 participants, mainly affiliates from EPSU and the ETUCE education federation, met in Brussels on 8-9 October to debate the impact of the European Semester – the EU’s process of economic governance – on public services.
Sep. 14, 2018 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has published two reports on collective bargaining and social dialogue. A working paper on social dialogue in public services was published to mark the 40th anniversary of ILO Convention 151 on labour relations in the public services. It covers three of the European social dialogue committees in which EPSU is involved along with examples of how social dialogue works in Italy, Denmark and the Czech and Slovak Republics. The ILO's report on extension of collective agreements provides evidence on the important role that this process can play in reducing inequality and countering unfair competition by providing a level playing field at sector level.
Sep. 07, 2018
Trade unionists from all over Europe agree to step up efforts to build networks in health and social care multinationals
On 4 September, more than 40 trade union representatives from 15 European countries met in Brussels to discuss how to coordinate their activities in multinational enterprises in the health and social care sectors.
Aug. 29, 2018
The Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive – What we need for a global EU strategy against work related cancer
EPSU shares the view of ETUC concerning the different elements needed for a global EU strategy against work related cancer. We want to insist on the need to provide better prevention for more than 12.7 million healthcare workers in Europe.
Jul. 19, 2018 The Eurofound research agency has produced a new report that looks into the links between national and European social dialogue. The report identifies some of the key challenges for ensuring an effective European social dialogue and suggests that it is "worth exploring new forms of knowledge transfer, resources provision or engagement with EU- and national-level social partners." It also says that the European Commission "might be more pro-active in promoting social dialogue, notably through its social dialogue website" and that: "Recent initiatives such as the European Pillar of Social Rights and the revised 2018 Employment Guidelines could contribute to "strengthening social dialogue and the relationship between the social partners and governments at national level."
Jun. 14, 2018
Over 500 local and regional representatives and experts from 40 different countries came to Bilbao this week to address equality, diversity and inclusion under the banner of ‘differences unite us!’
Jun. 08, 2018 Nadja Salson of EPSU policy staff provided some background on the social partner agreement in the European social dialogue committee for Central Government Administrations. This landmark agreement on information and consultation was signed in December 2015 and was intended to fill the gap in the information and consultation directives that had excluded public administration. The trade unions and employers jointly submitted it to the European Commission for eventual transposition into a directive by the European Council. However, the Commission then took over two years to respond, finally stating in a short letter that it would not put the agreement forward to the Council. Nadja ran through the debates in EPSU’s National and European Administration Standing Committee and Executive Committee and the decision at the Executive Committee in May to launch a legal challenge and political campaign calling on the Commission to reverse its decision.