Safety, transparency needed for Hungarian nuclear power station PAKS

(26 May 2015) "We want transparency" read the banner of the workers and union leaders from the nuclear power station of PAKS which they unfolded in front of the building of the European Commission. These workers want that the employer and the government (100% owner) provide more detail of the plans for the future of the nuclear power plant. What the unions have learned is worrying. As part of restructuring the government will seek to dismiss 800 workers. This measure is so drastic that (...)

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McDonald’s $1.8 billion global tax avoidance scheme continues

(EPSU Press Release - 20 May 2015) After the EPSU report on the McDonalds tax scheme, a coalition of global trade unions formed by Public Services International (PSI - International umbrella organisation of EPSU), the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), released a report about McDonald’s global tax avoidance strategy. In this document, the coalition reveals how McDonald’s has taken advantage of corporate tax loopholes to avoid (...)

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Saying No to Corporate bill of rights in trade agreements made easy by online tool

(EPSU Press release - 20 May 2015) EPSU and many unions like GdG-KMSfB were amongst the 150.000 people and organisations that participated in the EU public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in forthcoming trade agreements between the EU and the US called TTIP. We and 97% of those responding said No to ISDS in the agreement. We want the Members of the European Parliament to respect this position and express themselves in the same way. That is why EPSU and its (...)

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A joint trade union effort to push for youth employment

(19 May 2015) EPSU, through its youth network and four other European Trade Union Federations (ETUFs) jointly wrote to the European Commission on 12 May urging to take further decisive action on youth employment. The letter (see below) urges the European Commission to act to reduce the dramatic levels of youth unemployment across the EU. Currently, the EU average for youth unemployment stands at over 20% and is up to nearly 60% in some countries such as Greece and Spain. A year has passed (...)

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Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda: Not one for workers

(18 May 2015) The European Commissioner Frans Timmermans will publish its communication on Better Regulation 19 May 2015. There are many issues the trade unions and other organisations are asking: Will small and medium-sized businesses be exempted from certain regulations ? So that if you are a worker in such a company you do not enjoy the same health and safety protection, or do not have the information and consultation rights as other workers ? In leaked versions the proposals of the (...)

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