Unions mobilise over outsourcing and the recovery


Trade unions in the electricity and waste sectors reported very high levels of support for their industrial action and protests on 30 June. The unions want article 177 of the procurement code to be deleted as they argue that it requires widespread outsourcing across their sectors, posing a major threat to jobs and working conditions. They say that if the article is not deleted there will be increasing fragmentation of these industries and it will undermine initiatives towards a circular economy and low carbon energy sector. Meanwhile, the three main confederations have also been mobilising to put pressure on the government to address the challenges of the post-COVID recovery. They argue that the government is not doing enough to develop investment plans to support jobs especially for younger workers and they want the moratorium on redundancies extended to October.