(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 (...)
(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 (...)
(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 (...)
(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 (...)
(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 (...)
22 April - This year’s Earth Day focuses on Green Cities. Three issues are central for cities to become green - investments in buildings, energy, and transportation. The Earth Day Network, a group of primarily environmental organisations aims to help cities become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Investments will be needed to accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future. The ETUC investment plan reflects these priorities for (...)
(10 February 2014) Many countries are hit by storms, flooding, snow and heavy ice these weeks in Europe. Families and communities are affected, trapped and often isolated and cut of from the world.
Emergency service workers, such as firefighters, medical staff and many others work round the clock to keep them safe, connect them and help businesses and often remote villages function again.
Slovenian workers are restoring the powerlines that have tumbled under heavy ice-storms and left (...)
(6 February 2014) The European Parliament agreed to set targets for the EU and for the Member States on CO2 emission reductions (at least 40% less in 2030 compared to 1990), 30% electricity from renewables and 40% improvements in energy efficiency using less fuels in 2030. EPSU welcomes the result of the vote. We encouraged MEPs to follow the position of the Environment Committee. It gives the right signal ahead of the Council of Ministers for Energy in early March and the European Council (...)
(4 February 2014) The European Federation of Public Service Unions, Europe’s largest organisation of workers in the electricity sector, sends it solidarity greetings to the workers of the Greek Public Power Company (PPC) protesting against the privatisation of the high voltage transmission network. Workers are staging demonstrations and are holding strikes this week to underline their concerns and demands to have effect on the decisions of the government.
Under pressure of the Troika, the (...)
(5 December 2013) The Hungarian energy union EVDSZ said goodbye to its long-time President Reszo Gal at its Congress on 29 November 2013.
Reszo was also a vice-president in the EPSU Standing Committee Utilities and member of the EPSU Executive Committee. EPSU’s Deputy General Secretary thanked Reszo for his contribution to the European trade union work and recalled important moments in the union’s struggle and the contributions EPSU made. During and following the privatisation of the energy (...)