European Patent Office Management places itself outside of European legal order

(2 March 2015) Management of the European Patent Office stated that they would not respect the verdict of a Dutch court arguing immunity from the European legal order. This is not acceptable and EPSU has written to management in support of the unions demands. Relations between the unions in the European Patent Office (represented by SUEPO, an affiliate of EPSU affiliated union USF) have not been well for sometime as management of EPO is blocking access of the union to negotiations, does (...)

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Cities and Work - addressing the challenges

(2 March 2015) Most of the 24 million unemployed people live in towns and cities that host three quarter of the population in the European Union. Municipalities and their mayors and councils therefore play an important role in addressing the challenge of job creation and reducing poverty noted the network Eurocities at a seminar. Mayors of important European towns like Barcelona, Stockholm, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Birmingham and others expressed concern about the impact the financial and (...)

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Human Right to Water and Sanitation - Action Needed from the European Commission

(27 February 2015) One year after the response of the European Commission to the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative Right 2 Water, the European Federations of Public Services and the European Water Movement are calling for mobilisation to protest over lack of progress in Brussels on 23 March. Join us at midday at Place Luxembourg, outside the European Parliament In Brussels. Help us pass the message that Another Europe is possible. The Right2Water campaign submitted 1.9 (...)

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EPSU protests arrests of health workers Maltepe University Hospital Istanbul

(26 February 2015) The police brutally removed protesting workers from the offices of the Maltepe University Hospital in Istanbul Wednesday 25th February. The workers are protesting the dismissal of 98 workers after these workers joined EPSU affiliate Dev Sağlık-İş - the health union of the progressive labour confederation, DISK. They demanded better pay and conditions which had been discussed for several years. The unionists were dismissed 6 December 2014. The workers have established a (...)

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Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald’s

(Joint press release - 25 February 2015) Tax structure allowed McDonald’s to divert revenue for years, costing European countries over €1 billion in lost taxes between 2009 and 2013. Today in Brussels, a coalition of European and American trade unions, joined by the anti-poverty campaign group War on Want, unveiled a report about McDonald’s deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013. The report outlines in detail the tax avoidance (...)

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