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Collective bargaining in the energy sector in Central and West Europe

This group brings together energy affiliates from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It was launched in January 2008 and the countries were chosen because of the extent to which energy multinationals like EON, RWE and EDF are becoming major players in these countries along with the development of a more integrated energy market.

The group has been meeting twice a year and has discussed a range of issues since the first meeting: employer threats to end sector-level bargaining, the impact of new developments such as renewable energy and also the spread of low pay in what has traditionally been a high-paying sector.

More recently the main issues have included training, agency work, outsourcing and pay. The group was instrumental in getting the WISUTIL project off the ground. This is a major investigation of salaries across the energy, waste and water sectors.


The single energy market and its implications for EPSU affiliates in North West Europe

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 energy sector Central and West Europe Working Group

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 Agenda 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 (...)

Collective Bargaining CWE energy group

Draft Agenda 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 (...)

Energy group looks at latest trends in pay, profits and dividends

(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 (...)

Collective Bargaining CWE energy group

Third Floor, 45 Rue Royale (EPSU office building) 10.00-16.00 meeting documents

Energy unions debate pay, collective agreements and the impact of smart meters

(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 (...)

How to improve coordination of collective bargaining in (Central West) Europe in the energy sector 24-25 March 2009 (Brussels)

27 January 2009: Improving the co-ordination of collective bargaining in the energy sector in Central and West Europe

ITUH, Brussels, 27 January 2009 Introduction 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. (...)

22 October 2008: Notes from EPSU Energy Sector Working Group Meeting

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; Germany Relatively (...)

30 January 2008: Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining - Energy sector Austria, Benelux, France, Germany

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. Issues 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 (...)

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