Employers warn against harmful effects of austerity measures
By Sophie Mosca | Friday 17 February 2012
Deficit reduction policies in the EU have a harmful effect on public services, states a declaration adopted by the Public Services Employers Forum (PSEF), on 17 February, with a view to the Tripartite Social Summit of 1 March. The declaration is the first official position expressed by this new body, made up of representatives of public service employers in different sectors. Its members include: Eurelectric, the union of the electricity industry; HOSPEEM, the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association; EFEE, the European Federation of Education Employers; CER, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies; and CEMR, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.
After two days of debates during which members from a range of sectors discussed the problems faced by public services providers, the PSEF urged governments and the European Commission to recognise the negative long-term effects of cuts in investments and failure to respect public service obligations. They particularly noted that «public services must have access to capital markets and safe sources of financing» and should receive high-level training to guarantee quality services that correspond to their obligations and ensure the welfare of EU citizens.
The forum participants also highlighted the need for greater participation by the social partners in decision making and planning of reforms so as to avoid the harmful effects of austerity measures on the quality of services.
The declaration is available at
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