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The European Federation of Public Service Unions joins the peoples of South Africa, the workers and our sister trade unions, as well as so many millions across the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela who died 5 December 2013. He was by far one of the world’s most inspiring leaders by his relentless fight against the curse of apartheid, discrimination and social injustice. He fought for and was prepared to die for freedom and for democracy. He emerged from a long incarceration to (...)
More than 100 organizations sign transatlantic statement opposing dangerous investor “rights” chapter in CETA (5 December 2013) EU and Canada continue negotiating an investment protection chapter in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in spite of growing opposition from trade unions and civil society. EPSU’s recent meeting on EU trade policy discussed many of the problems. The conclusions of the meeting recognised that countering the CETA investor-to-state dispute (...)
Trade union response to the EC Roadmap on the Communication on “Strengthening the Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries” (5 December 2013) The response from the Development Cooperation Network takes a critical stance towards the “blending” of public and private moneys, through public grants to private businesses and “risk sharing agreements” such as Public-Private Partnership for financing infrastructure. It points out that the (...)
(5 December 2013) The Hungarian energy union EVDSZ said goodbye to its long-time President Reszo Gal at its Congress on 29 November 2013. Reszo was also a vice-president in the EPSU Standing Committee Utilities and member of the EPSU Executive Committee. EPSU’s Deputy General Secretary thanked Reszo for his contribution to the European trade union work and recalled important moments in the union’s struggle and the contributions EPSU made. During and following the privatisation of the energy (...)
Addressing the Challenges of an Ageing Workforce in Health and Social Care : Social Partner Documents & Research
EPSU: Report on Austerity and Human Rights Council of Europe is a damning verdict on Barroso Commission
(5 December 2013) The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe published a report Safeguarding Human Rights in times of Economic Crisis that makes clear in great detail how the EU’s austerity policies are socially unjust, impact hardest on the poorest in society and in general erode the social and economic rights of people. "This report is a 55 page long verdict on the policies of the Barroso Commission which have been designed to have long-term implications directed against (...)