(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 (...)
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 (...)