(19 May 2015) A strong global agreement due to be agreed in Paris at the end of the year requires national pledges and commitments that are ambitious. Only a strong commitment from governments will pave the way for a jobs and investment boom and prevent climate catastrophes in our communities.
A new ITUC report, Unions4Climate Action supports a global lobby action by trade unions of governments in a week of advocacy 1 – 7 June on their national contributions and the investment shift needed (...)
(12 May 2015) The UN will resume its negotiations in less than a month and we need all trade unions to mobilise for ambitious climate policies and for a just transition in the upcoming ITUC Global Lobby Week (1-7 june 2015). Join and support us! Read the ITUC frontlines briefing #2 (below)
The ITUC organises an international Lobby Week: national centres, sectoral federations, regional or local unions are invited to hold meetings with your relevant government representatives and other (...)
EPSU Standing Committee on Public Utilities
Plan of Actions 2014 – 2019
(31 March 2015) ITUC joined a meeting that was called upon by the French Coalition 21 (which brings together several NGOs, movements, unions, and many more) to finalise the details of the calendar for mobilisations in the run up and during COP21. The meeting was organised in Tunis, back to back to the World Social Forum.
The assembly decided to make the following calls:
On Sunday 29 November 2015, to call for the organisation of massive rallies in as many world capitals as possible. A (...)
(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 (...)
(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 (...)