(15 October 2013) EPSU affiliated unions met to consider the impact of the liberalisation and privatisation policies on workers and citizens. Bulgarian representatives were outspoken and based on their experience with the privatised distribution companies were critical. Our colleagues are working with the population to obtain good quality service following the outbreak of unrest and mass protests. Both colleagues from Bulgaria and Romania criticised the schemes that were installed to (...)
(10 October 2013) The EUropean COmmission has proposed a series of amendments to the nuclear safety directive following the nuclear accident in Fukushima and the stress tests which were conducted in the EU.
Our French colleagues of the CGT energy union have just published a comprehensive overview of the human and organisational issues that play a role in ensuring a high standard of health and safety in the nuclear industry. The trade unions are uniquely placed to comment on these issues (...)
The ITUC, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF, ActionAid, Oxfam and ChristianAid demand action of governments to address global warming and climate change following the new report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change. This report confirms the alarming trends. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, said the fight against climate change must become a generational fight if we are to protect next generations from poverty, inequality and (...)
(15 March 2013) The European Parliament voted on the socalled Energy Roadmap 2050, 14 March 2013. The roadmap argues that Co2 emissions should be almost zero in 2050. EPSU has argued that there should be clear targets also in the years between 2020 and 2050. The most recent discussion took place in the EPSU Standing Committee. The Parliament has now approved its report and agreed with EPSU that more stability and security is needed. Parliament continues to see the markets as the main (...)
The Russian electricity union (Elprof) is organizing a day of actions on 20 February 2013. It is mobilizing across the country to put pressure on the employers.
Despite repeated rounds of negotiations and earlier protest actions the employers are not moving. EPSU has written a letter of support to the union and has asked Russian government leaders to use their influence to get the employers moving. Some of the companies are publicly owned. The union has stressed that wages of managers (...)
(Brussels, 7 September 2012 - Press Release) A new report from the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), University of Greenwich explores ongoing developments in the European energy market since the opening of the electricity and gas markets The report shows the challenges for workers, unions and European Works Council of dealing with reduction of emissions, problems with nuclear developments and continued merger and takeover activities including of networks and by private (...)
EPSU/FES South East European Energy Round Table
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 80320 Kupres
04-05 September 2012,
European Federation of Public Service Unions and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung kindly invite you to attend
the 12th South East European Energy Round Table (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hotel “Adria Ski”, Čajuša bb, 80320 Kupres)
As usual, the main aim of the meeting is
informing on South East European Energy Community,
implementing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Social (...)
(15 June 2012) Following a broad discussion with the affiliated trade unions, a resolution that maps the European trade union position towards Qatar was adopted by the ETUC Executive Committee 5-6 June 2012. The next meeting of States that will consider how to follow up the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Qatar in December 2013.
ETUC is demanding ambitions targets from the EU and progress in developing the just transition principles and commitment with regard to decent jobs. ETUC is (...)
(14 June 2012) European environmental and social organisations, ETUC and development groups call on EU governments and the European Commission to argue for concrete actions in Rio. The groups say that the “European countries and other developed countries have to commit in Rio to substantially reducing their consumption of the Earth’s limited natural resources, in so doing stimulating innovation and jobs through energy and resource efficiency. European leaders have to implement agreed EU (...)
(14 June 2012) A group of civil society organisations took the initiative to appeal to the UN General Secretary to end the influence of corporations on the UN and its institutions. EPSU has signed the statement as have over 370 organisations across the world.
More and more the UN and its institutions engage in special partnerships with large transnational companies to realize general objectives. Business groups get special access and privileges which translates in influence over policy (...)