(28 November 2013) Our US union colleagues of the Utility Workers (UWUA) informed us that the U.S. utility giant FirstEnergy Corp locked out 150 UWUA members at the company’s Penelec subsidiary in central Pennsylvania, at 07.00 25 November 2013.
The company locked out these workers in order to impose massive concessions (cuts) in retirement benefits, retiree healthcare, working conditions, and customer service standards.
Simultaneously, FirstEnergy is demanding similar concessions from (...)
(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 (...)
(1 October 2012) The pervasiveness of the EU austerity programmes was a theme that came back in many discussions of the EPSU utility unions, on 27 September. In water, waste, energy unions noted the lack of investment in forward looking and in progressive solutions that improve the quality of public services. Governments are reducing public spending in programmes that promote renewables, protect the environment or improve networks amongst others. An important driver for growth is (...)
European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard addressed the EPSU Executive Committee on 24 April 2012. EPSU had invited the Commissioner to discuss the impact of climate change on public services following the EPSU study which explored the effects for a broad range of services. Public services play a key role in mitigation and especially in adaptation measures. The Commissioner is also responsible for adaptation. EPSU is concerned that the austerity crisis will affect the (...)