Fighting for the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers
Migration has major implications for public services not least because of the significant contribution of migrant workers to the provision of public services in many European countries. Thousands of public service employees across Europe work in areas related to migrations and asylum-seeking. Unfortunately, the European and national response to asylum-seekers has often fallen pitifully short of what should be expected from one of the wealthiest regions in the world and EPSU has been arguing hard for a change of approach, criticising the European Union’s policies which continue to focus on tightening borders, pushing back refugees and outsourcing asylum duties to third countries. EPSU, along with PSI, has also been calling for an end to privatisation and increased public investment in the public services that are vital to ensure the safe and effective integration of migrants and asylum-seekers into society. This briefing, prepared for EPSU's 2019 Congress provides some background on EPSU's activities in this area.
(19 June 2017) Inequality breeds inequality was one of the main messages of researchers and trade union colleagues on explaining the rise of the extreme right in Europe. These parties feed on the pain and fears of working people who feel their concerns are neglected. Unions confront this, offering a
(March 2017 ) The vpod public services union has a special network set up four years ago campaigning for better protection for migrant care workers. The union argues that the federal government is well aware of the level of exploitation of this group of workers but has failed to take any measures to regulate this area of work. Recent press reports have highlighted the situation facing care workers and the lack of legal protection.
Today as the EU Council discusses migration, a new report on ‘the Refugee Crisis and the Greek Public Services,’ published by Greek public service union ADEDY, draws attention to some of the major difficulties which have arisen at the EU borders,
(January 2017) Last month the European Economic and Social Committee gave its backing in principle to the European Commission's proposed recast of the Posted Workers Directive. It noted in particular how the concept of "remuneration" might help ensure equal pay for equal work but on time limits suggested six rather than 24 months. The ETUC is coordinating lobbying work around the Directive which is being discussed in the European Parliament's Employment Committee with a deadline for amendments of 9 February.
(Press Release) ‘I am proud that many of our affiliates support, defend and organise undocumented migrants, as they fight for access to public services, such as health and education’, said EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan.
Social Partners on the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Local and Regional Governments, meeting today in Brussels, approved and adopted the revised EPSU-CEMR Guidelines on strengthening anti-discrimination measures in Local and Regional governments.The revised guidelines acknowledge
New Forms of Service Delivery in municipalities, good practice for occupational health and safety and social dialogue are interlinked!
CEMR and EPSU organized the final conference in Barcelona to discuss the final project report and recommendations on new forms of service delivery for municipalities, the contribution of social dialogue and well-being at work.