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The European Federation of Public Service Unions has a very active membership in the utilities sector. EPSU represents workers in public and private companies in the electricity, gas, water and sewerage and waste sectors.

The President of the EPSU standing committee for Public Utilities is Janne Rudén. The EPSU policy officer is Jerry Van Den Berge.

Find out who is your EPSU representative for public utilities here

What are the main issues for EPSU ?

A secure supply of energy, clean water, and sustainable waste management are basic needs for each individual in society. The users of these rights must be confident that their needs are being met; that they are provided for in fair and environmentally responsible manner at a just price. The best way of ensuring this is through public control, and even ownership, of the utilities and proper regulation – regulation of those private and public utilities that supply these needs,

- Find out more on introduction to public utilities

- Please read our positions on energy issues and our Press releases.

- Standing Committee Plan of Action 2009-2014, update 2011

- Pay and conditions in energy, waste and water - the WISUTIL project Conference, 26-27 September 2011


Safe and Clean Drinking Water EPSU is concerned about proposals of the European Commission to introduce competition in the Water Sector.

Research and Transnational Companies

Much of EPSU’s work in this area is available through the website of Public Services International Research Unit, section: reports.

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities

11 March 2015

EPSU Public Utilities Committee meets and elects new leadership

(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 (...)

41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities

30 September 2014

World Day for Decent Work to focus on Climate Justice

(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, (...)

Shift taxes from labour to environment, EEA tells ministers.

(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 (...)

EU energy and climate framework 2030 package disappointing, says EPSU

(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 (...)

40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities

28 January 2014

EPSU demands US energy company FirstEnergy to end lock-out and return to negotiations

Lock out enters sixth week Update 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 (...)

EU energy policy needs new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and CO2 emission also in 2030

(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 (...)

PSI Global Energy Meeting (2 days)

24-25 September 2013

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