Members of the Congress Resolutions Committee met on 25 October 2018 in EPSU office. They went through the amendments received on the Programme of Action from affiliated unions and gave their recommendations.
EPSU meets to discuss at an important political moment!
With the election of the extreme-rightwing Bolsonaro to President of Brazil, we have another man leading a major country talking down women, attacking people from the LGTB community, scapegoating others and so much more as the New York Times wrote. But such hate speech has consequences as Amnesty points out in concern. It opens space in which certain things become accepted, also in European countries. A very recent example is the anti-Semitic online attack on an organizer of EPSU affiliate GMB following the successful strike of women in Glasgow. And we are saying loud and clear with the GMB and others, this is not acceptable. Those men surf into power over the anger of people with corruption, including tax fraud and tax evasion of major corporations that has not been properly addressed. Lack of funding for public services leading to a crippling infrastructure and degrading services is being cited a one factor in Brazil, as it is in other countries, for support. This anger is present in Europe and the years of austerity have contributed. There is however an alternative to the authoritarian way. It is our way: with solidarity, redistribution of wealth and power, investment in public services and our communities, with workplace democracy and strong workers’ and trade union rights. With our Brazilian comrades we will continue our struggle – A Luta Continua – for that alternative
We have had busy weeks in which our Standing Committees have met, an issue well covered in some detail in this newsletter. It is impressive and we can do so much by working together.
Finally, the results of the vote on the Human Right to Water in the European Parliament showed that conservative and right-wing political forces were isolated in their opposition to make real progress. And it would be great for working men and women, for all of us, if these forces were to lose their majority at the European elections next May. These elections do matter. Legislation currently going through the Parliament could ensure that all workers in the EU benefit from the protection of EU minimum standards for their employment contracts. However, right-wing parties are trying to water down this protection, or even seeking to limit its scope by calling for the exclusion of workers in the police, army and emergency services. If they have their way, it would allow employers to continue their exploiting workers with precarious contracts. We will call upon you to help us to defeat this in the European Parliament.
European Parliament votes to start trialogue on Drinking Water Directive. Time to implement the Human Right to water in European legislation!
Yesterday the European Parliament voted with a very slim majority to endorse the report of MEP Michel Dantin on the Drinking Water Directive (DWD).
EPSU urges MEPs to reject differentiated treatment for emergency service workers in plenary vote on Transparency and Predictable Working Conditions Directive
The Employment Committee adopted its position regarding the Commission’s proposal to improve transparency and predictability of working conditions for all European workers, 18 October.
Ahead of next week’s vote in the European Parliament on the Drinking Water Directive (DWD), the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) urges Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the call for the provision of universal access to drinking water.
The German labour court of Nordhausen cancelled the decision of management of Celenus to dismiss 2 trade union delegates.