(11 February 2015) EPSU supports the proposals made by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) that demand the inclusion of a Just Transition framework into the text for a Climate Agreement that is being discussed this week in a UN meeting in Geneva. The text being negotiated should form the basis of a global agreement to be reached in Paris at the end of the year. “Just Transition” describes the transition towards a low‐carbon and (...)
(28 January 2015) A report by Sustainlabour describing four European case studies on union commitments and actions to combat climate change is now out.
The report describes in depth Belgian, British, German and Spanish union proposals on emission reductions and other climate-related policies and their impact on national economic contexts and job creation. The third ITUC World Congress in 2014 called on affiliated trade unions to deploy renewed efforts to redouble their (...)
(2 December 2014) German energy giant E.On announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, responding to a crisis that has crippled the European energy sector. E.On said it wanted to focus on its renewable activities, regulated distribution networks and tailor-made energy efficiency services, citing "dramatically altered global energy markets, technical innovation and more diverse customer expectations".
(25 November 2014) On 25 September the Slovenian Energy workers union SDE – EPSU affiliate – organised a seminar about the future of the electricity sector in Slovenia and the danger of privatisation. So far electricity supply is in hands of public companies, but there is pressure to privatise. Scientists, Company representatives, trade unions as well as Government officials gave their view on the energy supply in Slovenia, which is at a high level quality and reliable service.
(12 November 2014) Trade unionists in Ver.di (Germany) and GPA (Austria) met in September in Cologne to discuss problems and the future of the energy sector in Europe. They signaled the problems of a non-functioning electricity market and its volatility. They discussed possibilities of closer cooperation as the networks in Austria and Germany are closely linked. However they face very different circumstances. Austria has a stable electricity supply from hydropower, but in Germany, (...)
(3 November 2014) On 23-24 October the European Council discussed the Climate and Energy package 2030. Targets for reduction of GHG to 40% and for renewables and energy efficiency up to 27% by 2030. However they remain non-binding on Member States, thus doubtful if they will be achieved. Even if achieved, progress is too little looking at the final goal of 80-95% reduction of GHG by 2050. No new national targets have been set and free allocation of emission rights will continue. No (...)
(23 October 2014) The ETUC Executive Committee has finally adopted the Resolution “The Energy-Climate package in Europe for 2020-2030: the ETUC’s priorities for a Just Transition”. You will find the full text approved in attachment. Given the important decision which is expected from the European Council this week, the document has been sent already to the Permanent Representations of Member States here in Brussels. Please do not hesitate to circulate it through your own networks.
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(24 September 2014) Hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated to demand action on climate change, September 21, 2014. Amongst them were unionists who are demanding that governments devise just transitions to greener economies for workers.
(read more on People’s climate March on EPSU website)
RadioLabour has prepared a report on unions and climate change. It features:
Sharan Burrow, the General-Secretary of the ITUC Anabella Rosemberg, the ITUC’s policy officer on work (...)
Hundred thousands of people and many union members among them will take to the streets to demand action on climate change across the world this Sunday 21 September. EPSU extends its solidarity greetings to this broad social movement which is campaigning to address climate change and for more social justice. With the marches people urge government leaders to take bold steps to ensure global warming remains only 2 degrees by the end of the century. There is much scientific evidence that (...)
(20 August 2014) To answer to the serious challenges in the years ahead for the UK to ensure that the lights stay on, homes are kept warm and environmental obligations linked to climate change are respected, UNISON has sought to find a suitable policy response. It addresses different aspects such as dependency of overseas supply (imports), environmental standards as well as energy poverty and energy-inefficiency of the old housing stock. UK homes use about double the energy consumption to (...)