Economic governance and the single market - responding to key EU policies
14 December 2011
you are invited to participate in a meeting in Brussels on 14 December that will provide an opportunity to discuss collective bargaining developments in the energy sector in Central and North West Europe (see draft agenda attached).
EPSU affiliates in the energy sector from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have met twice a year since January 2008 to exchange (...)
Collective Bargaining in the Energy Sector in Central West Europe
EPSU Energy Affiliates from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
Meeting: 30 March 2011, 10.00-16.00, Room B, ITUH, Blvd Albert II, Brussels
1. Round-up of collective bargaining developments from the six countries
2. Training - review of previous discussions on training and consideration of potential collective bargaining guidelines on training (see note)
3. Fixed-term and agency (...)
1. Recent collective bargaining developments – there will be a report at the meeting but you can also follow collective bargaining news in the utilities here
2. Draft EPSU collective bargaining guidelines and key bargaining issues – the proposed guidelines were discussed briefly at the April meeting and we agreed to reconsider them again at this meeting.
3. Wages, profits and dividends – the latest figures for the main energy companies
4. Training and skills – a discussion (...)
(22 April 2010) EPSU’s working group on collective bargaining in Central and Western Europe met for the sixth time yesterday to exchange the latest information on developments in their countries. Participants talked about recent negotiations and also examined longer term trends in company profits and dividends when compared to average wages.
Although employers were taking a tough line the most recent increases in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands had all been just ahead of (...)
Third Floor, 45 Rue Royale (EPSU office building)
(7 October 2009) EPSU affiliates from the energy sector in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands met in Brussels yesterday to discuss common issues of concern in collective bargaining.
They heard about the French unions’ struggles over the summer to secure an improvement on a 0.3% pay offer and the current refusal of the employers to get involved in any real social dialogue. The news from the Netherlands was more positive with a short-term (10-month) agreement (...)
ITUH, Brussels, 27 January 2009
Jean Claude le Duaron introduced the meeting, emphasising the need for comparable information as basis of any potential co-ordination. Jan Willem Goudriaan provided some background on why EPSU affiliates from the six countries were working together, explaining that the development of the internal market and increasing internationalisation of companies had suggested that there were many common pressures facing energy unions in these countries. (...)
Jan Willem Goudriaan introduced the meeting explaining the background to the initial meeting in Brussels in January and the agreement that the follow up meeting should look at minimum wages and low pay, outsourcing and training.
Richard Pond introduced the first session on pay bargaining trends outlining the overall intersectoral figures for the six countries and then looking at some specific data on the energy sector. The participants provided additional information;
EPSU Seminar, 30 January 2008
Summary of Follow up Actions
The group decided to send a solidarity letter to Verdi. Verdi is involved in collective bargaining with Vattenfall and was organising a “warn-streik” Friday 1 February 2008. This solidarity letter is now available on the EPSU website.
Companies leaving the employers federation (Tarifflucht) With more companies operating across borders, some companies seek to explore the boundries of what is possible, even though they would (...)