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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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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 (...)

Earth Day - Investment in Green Cities - creating jobs and a healthy environment - a union issue

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 (...)

Slovenian energy workers out to restore power - a tribute to public service workers

(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 (...)

EPSU welcomes ambitious targets climate and energy voted by EP

(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 (...)

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