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Local authorities unions and employers discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions

EPSU-CEMR Seminar in Berlin-27th of January 2015 (4 February 2016) Europe is facing difficult times in managing migration. The EU as a whole received 78% more asylum applications in 2014 compared to the year before. Municipalities are at the forefront of dealing with the daily arrivals of refugees in a number of European countries. Therefore, EPSU and Ver.di hosted a seminar on 27th of January to discuss migration and the impact on jobs and working conditions. 55 participants including (...)

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Investigative report reveals how European Parliament’s Water Group links with lobby interests and industry

(4 February 2016) The Water Group of the European Parliament has come under scrutiny of transparency campaigners. Chaired by Dutch MEP and member of the EPP the group is run by the Secretariat of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) notes "By accepting the secretarial assistance of the WssTP, the EP Water Group shows its true colours. While it calls itself “the focal point for the water topic in the European Parliament”, in fact it promotes (...)

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Keeping public services out of trade deals

(3 February 2016) EPSU, Social Platform, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and ETUC welcome the European Parliament’s call for the full exclusion of public services in the Trade in Services Agreement, also known as TiSA. Public services are vital for social cohesion, sustainable growth and job creation. The European Parliament resolution adopted today demands a “gold standard” clause to exclude public services from the scope of trade agreements (...)

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EPSU supports Greek unions’ strike to defend pensions

(2 February 2016) EPSU sends its solidarity greetings to ADEDY and GSEE for their general strike on 4 February. We note your serious concerns about the proposed Pensions Bill which will mean further cuts to a system that has already seen benefits slashed and retirement ages increased. There is clear evidence of the increase in poverty in Greece and no sign yet of a sustainable economic recovery. The measures being demanded by the country’s international creditors will only make the (...)

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EPSU’s response to EC public consultation on the relaunch of a common consolidated corporate tax base – CCCTB

(2 February 2016) EPSU’s response to EC public consultation on the relaunch of a common consolidated corporate tax base – CCCTB – presented as a key tool to fight corporate tax avoidance and make companies pay tax where profits and value are generated. The consultation follows on the EC Action Plan for a fairer and efficient corporate tax system of last June. In line with its Congress position as well as of the ETUC, EPSU expresses support for a mandatory CCCTB, opposition to proposal to (...)

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