(20 August 2014) Hans Bruyninckx, the director of the European Environment Agency, has urged EU ministers to carry out fiscal reforms, such as moving tax from labour to activities that damage the environment.
The EEA issued environment and employment ministers this week with a report arguing that "greener" fiscal reforms can boost employment, while protecting the environment. Shifting tax away from labour, for example, makes it more attractive for employers to hire new people, boosting (...)
(29 January 2014) The verdict of a discussion between EPSU trade unions on the proposals of the European Commission for the energy and climate framework 2030 was cristal clear: disappointing and not up to its task to guide the EU in the process of changing the energy system towards more sustainable production.
Nothing on just transition despite the importance attached to it made in the Energy roadmap 2050 and Cancun agreement on climate change.
Nothing on social dialogue and the role of (...)
28 January 2014
Luxembourg, Plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M3
You are herewith invited to the 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities. It will take place on 28 January 2014 in Luxembourg, plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M3. The meeting will start at 9h00 and will end at 17h00. An area map is enclosed for information.
Interpretation has been requested to and from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish. We have also (...)
Lock out enters sixth week
FirstEnergy and Penelec Continue Lockout despite Dangerous Winter Storm
For immediate release: January 3, 2014
For more information contact: Robert Whalen, President, UWUA System Local 102, 724.454.4407
Altoona, Pa. Utility Workers Union of America System Local 102 today strongly criticized the ongoing lockout of nearly 150 utility workers by Pennsylvania electric utility Penelec and its parent company FirstEnergy, despite harsh winter weather (...)
(26 September 2013) EPSU unions discussed the future policy goals of the EU for 2030 and confirmed the need for policy targets for renewables, energy efficiency and CO2 emissions for 2030 as an intermediate step towards near zero CO2 emissions in 2050.
Just transition principles should be an integral part of EU policy. This was also confirmed by Benjamin Denis, energy advisor to ETUC. He informed members of the recent decisions of the ETUC and how the ETUC is arguing for Just transition (...)
24-25 September 2013, Luxembourg
Luxembourg, plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M2
PSI unions will deal with the major challenges facing workers in energy and develop strategies to organise and mobilise in-country, by region and globally. We will ask 4-5 unions to help develop the agenda.
Key issues which could be explored :
Organising and mobilising in the energy sector Mapping the employers, the workers and our unions to achieve greater union density and power of (...)
(5 March 2013) The EPSU utilities group had a comprehensive discussion on European Union energy policy. The internal market prevents that clear choices are made and is thus contributing to insecurity for companies which do not invest with closure of power plants causing social dramas in several countries with most recent example being EON that closes 5 (coal fired) power stations in France as well as a ultramodern and efficient gasfired power station in Germany.
The market for (...)
(14 November 2012) EPSU solidarity statement :
To Valeriy Vakhrushkin, President of the Public Association - "All-Russian Electric Trade Union
EPSU fully supports the demands of the All-Russian Electric Trade Union for improved wage and conditions in the Russian electricity industry. There has not been a real wage increase for several years and workers purchasing power has decreased. EPSU and the European union movement stand up for real wage increases for workers – with compensation for (...)