(2 December 2014) Given its potential for green job creation, resource security, environmental protection and economic growth, combined with the strong support from a wide variety of stakeholders, we condemn a possible withdrawal of the Circular Economy Package from the Commission’s 2015 Work Programme. Therefore EPSU has co-signed an open letter to EU-President Juncker, together with a large number of organisations dealing with waste and environmental services, including the two biggest (...)
(5 June 2014) This week is EU Green Week. Central issue is the Circular Economy. Thoughts behind the circular economy are to turn waste into a resource and to achieve a zero waste society. Read more here
This is a step further than the resource efficient society that aimed to reduce waste and increase reuse and recycling. The waste industry is at the core of making these thoughts and new ambitions a reality. A circular economy is not only supposed to be good for sustainable economic (...)
(2 April 2014) At the occasion of the launch of a special report on working conditions in the waste and recycling sector on 27 March, the ETUI organised a conference ‘Green jobs – safe jobs’ for which it invited trade union officials, academics, NGOs and of course people from the waste industry. EPSU contributed both to the magazine and to the conference. A little impression of the conference:
The European Commission wants a recycling society by 2020 where waste is either avoided or used as a (...)
(6 February 2014) In a recent letter sent to the Mayors, EPSU affiliate in Portugal, STAL, stresses that nothing justifies the privatization of EGF, the waste management public company, whose implementation represents a serious blow against the interests of the people and the country, which thus lose control of a strategic and crucial sector for social and economic cohesion of the territory and the quality of life. And EGF is a balanced and financially sustainable company.
Privatization is (...)
(15 November 2013) The Spanish private contractors FCC, OHL, CESPA (FERROVIAL), VALORIZA (SACYR-VALLE HERMOSO) have proposed to their street cleaners and gardeners in Madrid to accept to cut 1 in every 4 jobs (almost 1400 out of 6000). The remaining workers should accept a pay cut of 35 to 40%.
The workers and their unions including EPSU affiliates UGT-FSP and CCOO-FSP (private services) have refused this and called for an indefinite strike on 5 November. Rubbish is now piling up in the (...)
(2 September 2013) Citizens of the Belgian town of Sint-Niklaas voted No to the privatisation of their local municipal waste company. Nearly 85 % of voters want that waste collection keeps being done by public employees. Once again when people are asked if their local public services should be done by private companies they say no. The rightwing mayor says the city council will go ahead with outsourcing the waste services nonetheless. The city council claims that this will safe 500.000 (...)
(25 September 2012) This new report examines the most recent developments in the waste management sector in Europe. It explores the activities of private companies, many of which are multinational companies. It details the impact of the social, economic and financial crisis on the sector and considers employment developments as the sector is often seen to be creating jobs and keeping the planet green and clean. The report concludes:
There have been few changes of ownership since 2007. (...)
Seminar on skills and skill needs in a changing waste industry
On 14 June 2012 EPSU organises the third seminar in the project on identifying common interests and avenues for cooperation in the Waste industry. This is the last seminar in this project and it addresses skills and skill needs in a waste industry that is changing.
The waste industry is facing many changes in structure and working patterns at the moment due to globalisation and higher demands for re-use and recycling of waste. The focus in the industry is shifting from disposal (“how to get (...)