(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 (...)
Project: Identifying common interests for Social Dialogue in the waste industry
14 February 2012 from 10.30 to16.30 ITUH, room B Bd du Roi Albert II, 5 - 1210 Brussels
On 14 February 2012 EPSU organises the second seminar on Health and Safety in the Waste industry. This is a follow up seminar to the one we organised on 28 November. It appeared that health and safety are a big issue in the waste industry. Therefore we will dedicate the second seminar also to this issue.
The waste (...)
(29 November 2011) The Italian unions in the waste sector including CGIL FP will be on strike today 29 November 2011. The unions have organized the strike in the private waste sector.
The workers and their unions demand better wages and improved health and safety. The number of deadly accidents has risen. The unions also underline that with the further privatisation of services and the cuts in public budgets quality of services deteriorates and infiltration of criminal organisations goes (...)
(3 November 2011) According to research of the European Environmental Agency transportation and shipment of waste out of Europe is increasing despite efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle waste in the EU. Europe’s rising waste export is not confined to illegal hazardous materials, which made headlines when it emerged that poor workers in India have been dismantling rubbish from batteries to used warships containing Asbestos. Exports also relate to the legal shipments of non-hazardous wastes (...)
(6 May 2011) The union informs us that UNITE and SITA Kirklees reached an agreement on how to deal with grievances ensuring the trade union is involved and that when needed the mediation services of the UK Advisory Concilliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) can be used. The union expects that the deal will improve relations in the company.
(19 April 2011) Municipal Waste management should be under the responsibility by the local authorities, taking into consideration local needs and circumstances. Local authorities are free to choose how they organize the service. These were the conclusions of a meeting on 13 April 2011, held by Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) in which EPSU participated.
Municipal waste management is needed for all citizens and is based on environmental concerns to prevent and utilize waste in the best possible (...)
(Brussels, 21 January 2011) The European waste sector is set to grow and will see an increase in employment was one of the issues discussed at the EPSU waste group. The focus on reduction, re-using and recycling is broadly supported by the unions. There is a general expectation that the collection and sorting of the different waste streams will require higher skilled workers . But at the same time pressures on public budgets and local governments can lead to search the cheapest options, (...)