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Economic policy

Eleven European Union countries agree to implement Robin Hood tax

23 January 2013
One thousand people demonstrating for a robin hood tax

On 22 January, 11 countries, including four of the biggest economies in Europe, agreed to implement a financial transactions tax. The new leader of the global union federation Public Services International, Rosa Pavanelli, welcomes this initiative: “Fair taxation is key to the equitable redistribution of wealth. We believe the funds raised from such a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ should be used to support sustainable jobs, tackle poverty and inequality, make public services such as healthcare accessible to all, and strengthen the global fight against climate change. An FTT will also help to curb runaway financial speculation.”

ILO: Weakening collective bargaining hurts recovery

14 September 2012

Some governments unilaterally reformed collective bargaining arrangements at the height of the economic crisis. Reversing those decisions and providing policy support for collective bargaining would be key to recovery, according to the ILO.

Green economy could yield up to 60 million jobs

08 June 2012

The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs over the next two decades. This could lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty, according to a new report released by the ILO.

Vote for the future you want

08 June 2012

We need your help. It takes 2 minutes of your time, tops, and we would like ALL of you to do it. PLEASE!

PSI deeply concerned about Russia's situation in the World Trade Organisation

04 June 2012

After 18 years of negotiations behind closed dooors, Russia is expected to ratify and sign the WTO accession in July. PSI expresses deep concern about Russia's stituation. In many countries the experience of members joining the WTO is narrowed access to public services, including through privatization, job losses, and deterioration of infrastructure and skills.

Powerful new alliance against austerity

07 May 2012

Three of Europe’s biggest unions – representing more than 5 million public sector workers – have organised a coordinated fightback to unemployment and austerity across Europe.

Analysis, resistance and alternatives to corporate Europe

13 February 2012

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), in cooperation with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and with the support of the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) are organising a two-day conference in Brussels with movements from across Europe to strengthen progressive responses to the EU's crisis.

The conference will be held on Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 May 2012 at Maison des Associations Internationales, Brussels, Belgium

Labour leaders demand jobs, growth and equity as Chief Executives gather in Davos for World Economic Forum

26 January 2012

The international union movement will put its case for the reform of capitalism at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week with five principles for dealing with current economic challenges.

European Day of Action 30 November

30 November 2011
No to Austerity

On Wednesday 30 November, public sector workers all over Europe are protesting against austerity measures following a call for action by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). In the UK, 2 million workers are taking part in the public sector unions’ pension strike. Trade unionists in Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece and other European countries are organising a national day of action on 30 November.