Climate change, Just Transition and Jobs

(18 August 2015) Trade unions have taken a simple view towards climate change: “There are no jobs on a dead planet”. So climate action is a trade union issue. We have a vital role to play to protect jobs in existing workplaces and industries by demanding and bargaining for industrial transformation. We support new quality jobs in the emerging green economy and we fight for the ’Just Transition’ measures that ensure we leave no one behind. It means investing for the long term and investing for (...)

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EPSU contribution to EU public consultation Circular Economy: Absurdistan

(11 August 2015) The European Commission withdrew the Circular Economy Package as part of its better regulation agenda earlier this year. EPSU, ETUC and many other organisations have protested against this step. Also the majority of the European Parliament criticised the European Commission. Organisations have called on the Commission to quickly come with new and ambitious proposals. The European Parliament has adopted a resolution in July 2015 that sees the proposals for the circular (...)

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EPSU update on trade and public services July 2015

(26 July 2015) Below the latest update from EPSU that focuses on trade and public services. This edition focuses on: recaps on EPSU’s position on trade activities on trade and public services that took place on World Public Services Day, 23 June reports on developments regarding TTIP (including EP vote on the Bernd Lange report, EC stakeholder meeting on 10th TTIP negotiation round) and TiSA, and EC’s preparations for a new EU trade strategy Lists a number of studies etc that may (...)

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Solidarity with Greek workers and people

(15 July 2015) EPSU affiliate Adedy is organising a general strike against the agreement reached between the Eurogroup and the Greek government 15 July. Adedy opposes the continued austerity imposed on Greece. The public service federation rejects the privatisation of public services and companies. The unions do not want Greece to be subject to supervision. As the details of the agreement become clear, so does the extent of the changes that the Eurogroup want to impose on Greece. This (...)

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Eurogroup deal with Greece - more hardship for Greek workers and people

(13 July 2015) The longest Eurogroup summit has ended with a deal. If the Greek Parliament approves it, talks can start on a third financial assistance package. Several other national parliaments need to accept it as well. There is a list of measures for immediate approval and implementation. The deal demands labour market reforms. They want "rigorous reviews and modernisation of collective bargaining, industrial action and, in line with the relevant EU directive and best practice, (...)

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