(21 January 2016) The economic situation of EDF is not good. On top the European Commission has lodged a complaint against the French government against the awarding of hydro-power concessions to the company. The French trade union coordination group met to discuss this with the European Federations.
A consequence of the 2014 concession directive is that Member States have to consider their hydro-power concessions and how these are awarded. The complaint of the European Commission might (...)
(14 December 2015) With 195 countries signing off on an agreement to address climate change, the Paris COP21 summit ended with a sense of relief. It shows a window on a world that cooperates to deal with global challenges. Our economies should run fossil fuel free by 2050.
EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan said "With an ambitious goal set at global level, policies and investment decisions should fall in line. This will have profound consequences for workers and our communities. (...)
(27 November 2015) A stronger social chapter in the work on energy by the European Commission is required. No only should Just Transition be an integral part of the Energy Union. Member States and the Commission should make resources available for Just Transition for example from the auctioning of emissions. The sectoral social dialogue on the energy transition should be recognised and developed. Funding should be available to assist those industries and regions that address the transition (...)
(18 September 2015) EPSU joined over 250 union leaders from across the world in demanding a just transition at the recent Trade Union Climate Submit in Paris. These calls were echoed by a broad alliance consisting of leading UN climate experts, environmental groups and most prominently the incoming COP21 President Laurent Fabius who stressed that the “role of trade unions will be absolutely decisive” in mobilising workers and reaching a positive climate agreement at COP21.
The opening (...)
(24 June 2015) As our energy supply is at the heart of climate change, we want the energy workers to be at the heart of policies to combat climate change. They and their companies hold the key to whether we achieve ambitious climate goals or not. Changes in energy policy policies directly impact on jobs of workers in energy services.
EPSU affiliate UNISON put it right in their message to the International Trade Union Confederation.
All countries have to set their national goals and (...)
(24 June 2015) One of the core priorities of the Juncker Commission is the establishment of an Energy Union. It should assist the EU in facing the challenge of climate change and especially energy dependency. In line with the commitment of Juncker to favour the social dialogue, the interprofessional social partners were invited to comment on the rough outlines of the strategy. The ETUC delegation focused on the importance of just transition, investment in the energy sector which is an (...)
(26 May 2015) "We want transparency" read the banner of the workers and union leaders from the nuclear power station of PAKS which they unfolded in front of the building of the European Commission.
These workers want that the employer and the government (100% owner) provide more detail of the plans for the future of the nuclear power plant. What the unions have learned is worrying. As part of restructuring the government will seek to dismiss 800 workers. This measure is so drastic that (...)
26 March 2015- update: EFBWW press release: "Labour agency Atlanco Rimec sentenced for social dumping in the European construction sector"
(17 March 2015) As part of a £100m project run by consultants Adam Smith International the UK has used an estimated £50m of aid money to support energy sector privatisation in Nigeria. Although the process is yet to be completed, the results so far have been disastrous, with Nigerian people facing higher prices, poor service and regular blackouts. The companies involved in the privatisation have made many workers redundant and had to be bailed out by the central bank in 2014.
Despite its (...)
(12 March 2015) From 15-19 June 2015 the European Sustainable Energy Week will take place. EPSU will contribute to the debate on the existing sustainable energy policies and how they should evolve and develop in view of the 2030 and 2050 objectives. We will suggest a session during the Policy Conference that will take place in Brussels from 16-18 June. In that session we will put workplace activities (green workplaces) in the spotlight and dedicate it to show workers commitment to achieve a (...)