PSI May Day Statement

Public Services International (PSI) May Day Statement As a member of PSI, Union Syndicale Fédérale expresses its support for the workers' movement. In relaying this statement, we recall that solidarity is essential in these times of pandemic and upheaval of working conditions for all workers. On May Day, we celebrate both public service workers who in the face of Covid-19 have proved to be more essential than ever, and all those who serve our communities and build the real economy. It is from this fertile ground that the post-pandemic economy must flourish, with workers’ rights at its core, not from corporate greed or financial speculation. On this May Day 2021, we want to stress that reaffirming the trade union movement commitments to labour rights and [...]

30 April 2021|Categories: PSI, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , |

Agora 85

Discover our new edition of Agora 85 which deals with the challenges brought by COVID-19, telework, work-life balance... Editorial: Daniela Simionescu introduces you to the different contributors of this Agora 85, covering topics ranging from telework from abroad to hybrid education, the importance of consolidating trade unions in 2021 and the work of our representatives by interviewing Sophie Hottat, trade union representative in the Commission. Agora survey: Roberto Righetti analyses the results of the survey conducted between September 2020 and February 2021 among staff of the European institutions and international organisations on their working conditions in times of Coronavirus. Hybrid teaching - opportunities for a greener academia: Laura Bechi presents the initiative of the European University Institute of Florence, which proposes a blended learning alternative, [...]

COVID-19 : revaluing of public services

The COVID-19 pandemic one year on: the need to revalue our public services   One year ago today, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 global pandemic. The last year has magnified the strengths and weaknesses of our societies. In Europe, it has exposed the fragility of public health systems, and the total lack of capacity to respond to such a shock. The tragedy is that this does not come as a surprise. Europe’s public service unions were protesting staff shortages, underfunding and inadequate resources long before the outbreak of the pandemic. When the first wave hit, it is no wonder that health systems and care homes were completely overwhelmed. It is a sad reflection on neoliberal policies that it takes a watershed moment such as [...]

11 March 2021|Categories: EPSU, EPSU, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , |

Pandemic doesn’t hinder solidarity at EUI Firenze

Pandemic does not hinder solidarity at the European University Insitute (EUI) in Firenze In March 2020, the Executive Committee of the US-IUE Florence decided to make a donation to two associations that were particularly involved in the fight against Covid-19. "As a trade union, we believe that our founding values are solidarity and assistance, which are not only addressed to our members but to the society around us. This is why it seemed natural to us to offer a small contribution in these particularly difficult times of pandemic", emphasizes Agnès Brouet, president of the US-IUE Florence. Indeed, the pandemic has not hindered solidarity at the EUI in Firenze. With the contribution of EUI staff, US-IUE Florence and the association of former EUI researchers, the Firenze [...]

08 February 2021|Categories: Solidarity, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

PSI is looking for an Advocacy Officer !

PSI is looking for an experienced campaign and advocacy officer to implement our global project “Reclaiming hope: building renewed belief in public services for a just COVID19 recovery “. The ideal PSI advocacy officer will have a demonstrated understanding of the political economy of healthcare and public services, experience in and knowledge of the global trade union movement or civil society advocacy, a strong understanding of global institutions that influence economic, health and labour policies and the capacity to analyse economic data and policy documents to support partners/affiliates in their advocacy. PSI is increasing its capacity to promote quality public services in the post COVID context by supporting its affiliates, and working with allies, to influence national governments and global institutions. The position would suit [...]

11 January 2021|Categories: EPSU|

USF letter to OEACP

USF Letter to OEACP   Dear Secretary General, dear Mr Chikoti, The Union Syndicale Fédérale (USF) urgently calls your attention to the following USF comments about the decision to be taken by the 111th session of the OACPS Council of Ministers, 14 – 17 December 2020. In order to avoid any misunderstanding, it should be stressed that the USF firmly believes in the importance and added value of the EU-ACPS cooperation, in the role of the OACPS Secretariat and in the professional dedication of our colleagues at the Secretariat. The USF also acknowledges the autonomy of the OACPS Secretariat to define and shape the Staff regulations applicable to its staff as being part of its operational autonomy. However, USF is also aware of the OACPS [...]

16 December 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|
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