(17 October 2014) The 41st Standing Committee of the Public Utilities committee that met in Brussels on 30th September saw the election of Jan Ruden (SEKO, Sweden) as President, Thomas Kattnig (GdG-KMSfB, Austria) and Matthew Lay (UNISON, UK) as the 2 Vice-Presidents.
There were many issues debated as this was the first meeting after the EPSU Congress but without a doubt the main two issues in the agenda where the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris, in December 2015 and the follow up (...)
30 September 2014, 09h00 – 17h00
ITUH room B - Brussels
You are herewith invited to the 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities. It will take place on 30 September 2014, at the International Trade Union House, bld du Roi Albert II, 5 – 1210 Brussels, room B. 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 and Swedish. We have also requested the (...)
(23 September 2014) The dominant global economic model is destroying jobs and the planet. This weakens democracy and undermines justice for all. The world’s trade unions are the most potent force to defend democracy and fight for justice and a sustainable future. Workers in Utilities (Energy, Water, Waste services) play a key role in transition to a sustainable society.
On October 7 - the World Day for Decent Work, unions across the planet will be holding rallies, workplace activities, (...)
(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 (...)