EPSU is looking for a secretary to join its busy office in central Brussels

Commissioner designate Malmström needs to be clearer on CETA, TTIP

(30 September 2014) The German economics and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that he will not agree to CETA (the trade agreement between Canada and the EU) if the so-called investor state dispute (ISDS) settlement mechanism is in. Meanwhile the current EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has said that CETA has been finalised and includes ISDS. EU Council President Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Barroso were low key on the agreement in Canada last week. Many therefore (...)

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Ver.di welcomes EP President Schulz in EPSU office

(30 September 2014) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz came to the EPSU offices to meet with a high level delegation of Ver.di including its President Frank Bsirske and member of the Ver.di Executive and EPSU vice-President Isolde Kunkel-Weber. He discussed various issues including the proposed Commission, the EU investment plan and more. Ver.di organised its regular meeting of the Beirat to underline that European issues are daily activities for the union and to (...)

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Financing our priorities - EPSU Finance Working Group meets

EPSU Congress adopted a resolution on the financial situation of EPSU. It mandated the Finance Working Group to consider our 2015 budget as well as the financial development of EPSU in the longer term. Members discussed income and membership development, EPSU activities and expenditures, the reserves, PSI transfer, establishing the provision for the next EPSU Congress and aligning our budget with the priorities we set ourselves for the short and long-term. The Finance Working Group noted (...)

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EPSU supports nurses in two-day strike over jobs and funding

(25 September 2014) EPSU sends it congratulations to the SEP nurses’ union on the very high level of support (87.7%) for the first day of its two-day strike. The union is taking action over cuts in public funding that have had a major impact on jobs and the availability of services. The number of nurses is less than three years ago and waiting lists are on the increase. The SEP is calling for increased funding and the recruitment of more nurses, arguing strongly that health spending should (...)

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EPSU backs ETUC call for increased public investment

(24 September 2014) The ETUC yesterday set out its key demands for getting Europe’s economy back on track and central to these is increased public investment. ETUC deputy general secretary Józef Niemiec presented a number of proposals for action during a consultative meeting of trade unions and employers on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey. The AGS is due for publication by the European Commission in November and will include the economic and social priorities for the coming year. The ETUC (...)

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