EPSU Executive: Internal Decision-Making
EPSU’s Executive Committee is responsible for determining policies in between Congresses and meets at least once per year. Representation of unions is on a country basis. It is led by EPSU’s President, Isolde Kunkel-Weber (Ver.di, Germany) and General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan. The Vice-Presidents are Dave Prentis (UNISON UK), Françoise Geng (CGT Santé Action Sociale France), Mette Nord (Fagforbundet, Norway) and Mikhail Kuzmenko (HWURF, Russia).
Four Standing Committees focus the technical and vocational / sectoral work of EPSU:
- Health and Social Services (HSS)
- Local and Regional Government (LRG)
- National and European Administration (NEA)
- Public Utilities (UT)
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.
Pension reform, low wages, concerns of young workers and more addressed in the Russia-Central Asia Constituency meeting
The unions of the constituency met in a situation of much turmoil in Russia. Protests have taken place across the country against proposed reforms of the pension system.
Taking inspiration from the Prague Statement union leaders voiced their support for addressing the gender pay gap in the Central European countries.
Attacks on union rights and different links with the European Union dominate the agenda of the SEE constituency
Unions leaders of the South East European constituency considered the situation of trade union rights in Romania with President Dumitru Costin of the confederation BNS.
The changes to the labour codes, reform of social protection and health systems and the experience with privatization were some of the issues addressed by the union leaders of the constituency.
EPSU position on the EU’s Western Balkans Strategy: strengthen collective bargaining, build independent high quality public administrations and institutions and invest in public services
The Western Balkan strategy of the European Commission is a significant step in providing positive prospects for the workers and people of these countries