Annual Growth Survey 2016: no let up for public service workers

(27 November 2015) Despite a gradual shift away from full-scale fiscal consolidation, public service workers in 2016 are still set to face facing tough times. The European Commission’s Annual Growth Survey, published yesterday sets out the main priorities for the coming European Semester and notes that “The largest spending cuts planned by euro area Member States for next year are affecting the public sector wage bill and government purchases of goods and services.” In an initial reaction (...)

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The State of the Energy Union - we need a social chapter

(27 November 2015) A stronger social chapter in the work on energy by the European Commission is required. No only should Just Transition be an integral part of the Energy Union. Member States and the Commission should make resources available for Just Transition for example from the auctioning of emissions. The sectoral social dialogue on the energy transition should be recognised and developed. Funding should be available to assist those industries and regions that address the transition (...)

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Unfreeze collective bargaining: EPSU support Italian unions’ demonstration on 28 November

(24 November 2015) Collective bargaining across the public sector in Italy has been frozen for six years and EPSU sends it support to all the public service unions who will be joining the national demonstration in Rome on 28 November. While many governments and public sector employers across Europe imposed pay freezes or cuts as part of their austerity measures, most have now begun to normalise their collective bargaining arrangements with moves to recuperate lost pay. The Italian (...)

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McDonald’s inability to give a straight answer on tax shows need for further investigation by EU

(Press Release – 17 November 2015) McDonald’s inability to give a straight answer about its corporate structure and how much tax it pays further highlights the need for a full investigation into McDonald’s tax affairs. McDonald’s was one of eleven multinationals grilled by the European Parliament’s Special Committee on tax. The evasive responses by all multinationals also justify an extension of the special TAXE committee’s mandate. The European Federation of Public Service Unions, which (...)

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Solidarité avec les affiliés et les syndiqués français

Déclaration du Secrétaire Général Jan Willem Goudriaan: (English below) image @jean_julien : peace for Paris

Chers amis, chers camarades, chers collègues,

Il est difficile d’exprimer dans des mots mes sentiments et mes pensées à propos de ce qui s’est passé ce vendredi à Paris. C’est une horreur. Il y a tant de victimes, de tués et de blessés dans ces attentats. La FSESP condamne tous les actes de terreur. J’ai la confiance de parler pour tous les affiliés quand je dis que nos pensées sont avec les victimes, leurs familles et leurs amis ainsi que le peuple français qui subit ce cauchemar. Un attentat contre le peuple français est un attentat contre le peuple d’Europe.

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