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EPSU represents workers in public and private electricity and gas companies. Our members work in generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity and gas. Nuclear energy, hydro, coal-fired stations, renewables, energy trading, it holds no mystery for our members.

EPSU has developed several positions on energy issues.

January 2011: "Towards a low carbon electricity industry: employment effects & opportunities for the social partners" Joint Study of the European social partners in the electricity sector EURELECTRIC - EPSU - EMCEF

"For Health and Safety in the Electricity Industry", Statement of the European social partners in the electricity sector EURELECTRIC - EPSU - EMCEF:December 2006

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

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German and Austrian Energy unions met to discuss the future of Energy sector in Europe

(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, (...)

Disappointing European Council on Climate and Energy

(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 (...)

The Energy-Climate package in Europe for 2020-2030: the ETUC’s priorities for a Just Transition

(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. EPSU has (...)

Unionists join climate change demos

(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 (...)

People’s Climate March demands action of governments- EU to be serious about climate change in 2030 plans

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 (...)

UNISON calls on government to take action to meet UK energy challenges

(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 (...)

Electricity workers strike against privatisation in Greece

(3 July 2014) Workers are staging a strike at the Greek state-controlled power utility PPC starting from 2 July 2014. They protest the plans of the government to privatise the firm. The 48h strike wants to raise awareness of the people and the political parties over the negative impact the sale of the publicly owned enterprise will have. After the successful freeze of the privatization of water in Athens and Thessaloniki, workers and citizens in Athens demand to stop this unpopular (...)

Revision nuclear safety directive - Council agrees to include subcontractors

(16 June 2014) Following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the stress tests and public concern the European Commission came forward with proposals to improve nuclear safety in Europe. It proposed a number of amendments that would improve monitoring and reporting. EPSU and affiliates had stressed that the revision needed to clarify that the responsibility for health and safety for subcontractors is with the operators. A number of accidents during the construction of nuclear power stations (...)

New climate report from union researchers: impacts on jobs and employment

(3 June 2014 - en Français ci-dessous) The European Trade Union Institute considered the employment effect of the findings of the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. The briefing shows that climate change will affect employment across the globe in multiple and complex ways: The impacts of climate change will cause disruptions to economic activity and jobs in specific sectors, as well as to the infrastructure that helps the entire economy to (...)

Nordic Energy Trade Union network discussed profound changes in energy sector

(12 May 2014) The European electricity sector is going through many changes that impact on the workers in the sector. Policies that address climate change and which should result in near zero CO2 emissions in 2050, the consequences of national and European austerity policies on investments, on workers and our communities, the implications of the crisis in the Ukraine that has brought the issue of energy dependence and what to do about it on top of the agenda, were some of the issues (...)

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