People and our Planet over Profits – Climate Action

Dear Colleagues, EPSU supports the call for action to put pressure on governments attending the UN Climate Summit 23 September. We want ambitious climate goals that go together with just transition measures to ensure global warming remains below 1.5 degrees. Many actions will take place leading up to 20 September and in the week of 20-27 September. These include strikes, demonstrations and other actions. They are organised by schoolchildren, students, unions and many other organisations. I look forward to strong participation of EPSU affiliates and several, or their confederations, have already called on members to join. Please let us know what you are doing. In a European Union context, a strong turnout in European actions will send a signal to the new European Commission and [...]

10 September 2019|Categories: EPSU|Tags: |

PSI: Unions need to engage actively and urgently on the climate crisis.

Support to students and activists who are calling for two Fridays of global climate mobilisation: 20 and 27 September 2019. For PSI, the climate problem is essentially political. Corporations have succeeded in their decades-long efforts to capture governments and ensure that few policies are enacted, and few regulations implemented that threaten their profits. This is especially true of the giant fossil-fuel and agro-business corporations, as well as the finance companies that underwrite and profit from these industries. Hence, we have toothless climate agreements that will see species fry, but corporate profits and prerogatives remain untouched! We suggest that unions take all measures possible to educate and mobilise your membership about the threats of climate chaos. Some unions will take strike action, others are negotiating with [...]

09 September 2019|Categories: PSI, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: |

Climate Action Call

Joint Climat Action Call cosigned by the ETUC Scientists say that we face a climate emergency. We need decisive action in the next 10 years to put us on a transformative pathway in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement, including efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. We must act immediately to get on track for a healthy, fair and liveable future. This will not only reduce devastating impacts of climate change but also bring major economic and social benefits, attract new investments, create new quality jobs and limit health damages. Join Climate Call co-signed by ETUC Download the PDF file  

02 July 2019|Categories: ETUC, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: |

ILO: New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed

PRESS RELEASE: GENEVA (ILO News) – A new Convention and accompanying Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the world of work have been adopted by the International Labour Conference  (ILC). The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 , were adopted by delegates on the final day of the Centenary International Labour Conference, in Geneva. For the Convention, 439 votes were cast in favour, seven against, with 30 abstentions. The Recommendation was passed with 397 votes in favour, 12 votes against and 44 abstentions. The Convention recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work “can constitute a human rights violation or abuse…is a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.” It defines “violence and harassment” [...]

27 June 2019|Categories: Fundamental rights, Harassment, Harassment, ILO, Working conditions|

Reform of Staff Regulations: many actions not definitively settled yet

In June 2019 issue of STAFF MATTERS, we will be looking at actions brought following the reform of the Staff Regulations which entered into force in 2014. Travel expenses, travelling time, annual leave, career capping, salary adjustment, increase in retirement age... Five years after the reform entered into force, many actions have not yet been definitively settled. READ on USB website: Staff Matters #8