As the trend towards public sector pay cuts began to take hold across Europe, EPSU decided it was important to monitor the impact of those cuts and the way they were being implemented. Two major reports produced by the Labour Research Department set out not just the facts and figures in 10 countries where cuts were imposed but also provide case studies to show what those cuts have meant for individual public sector workers.
Promoting and protecting public services in Europe
EPSU wants to see a European Union that recognizes and supports the role of public services in contributing to sustainable development and quality of life. In an increasingly integrated Europe it is important to tackle issues such as tax dumping and cut-throat competition, which put pressure on public services and concentrate increasing amounts of wealth in fewer and fewer hands. Fair and progressive taxation, good governance and effective regulation are needed to guarantee quality public services for all.
Following World War (II) and the experience with fascism and nazism, the French people and government wanted to ensure that civil and public servants were not merely to be regarded as workers that blindly obey orders.
According to newly leaked documents, the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is in severe trouble. The papers show that despite attempts to delete controversial proposals from the draft text, very little has been achieved in almost any of the service areas.
In the run up to the European Parlimanent’s vote on the EU-Canada trade and investment agreement CETA, public interest groups from across Europe and Canada call on legislators to vote against the text.
EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan today strongly urged all unions and members to sign up to Social Rights First. By doing this, in a single click, the ETUC reply will be sent directly to the Commission.
Service Directive - 10 Reasons why EPSU says NO to the proposed directive on services in the internal market
A public hearing of the European Parliament (EP) committee on the internal market and consumer protection took place on 11 November 2004, at which a debate on the draft Directive was held.