Jan. 30, 2017 (January 2017) Member of five trade unions organising in the energy sector, CGT, CFDT, FO, CFE-CGC and CFTC, called for strike action on 31 January in protest at the employers' attempt to freeze pay in the sector. The unions say that workers will not pay the price of restructuring in the sector and want immediate negotiations on pay. They also call on the government (the majority shareholder in the major energy companies EDF and ENGIE) to come up with an industrial strategy for the sector. EPSU sent a message of support.
Dec. 01, 2016
Commission’s Winter Energy Package continues dangerous market based approach, risks leaving domestic users in the cold
(Press Release) EPSU welcomes the European Commission’s winter energy package as ambitious, coherent and forward-looking in terms of its comprehensive governance system which will enhance policy planning in the field of climate and energy.
Nov. 28, 2016
Trade unions making the case for a social dimension to the Energy Union in a meeting with Vice-president Sefcovic
The European Commission “Energy winter package” is going to be released soon. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the future of the EU energy union and to raise concerns regarding the lack of social dimension.
Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) Energy unions have stepped up their industrial action against the KS employers' organisation as they attempt to fight off plans to cut rest days from three to two following seven-day periods on stand-by. The unions argue that maintaining the grid network is demanding work and the rest period is crucial to enable workers to recuperate. The intenfication of the strike action may lead to power cuts but the unions will ensure emergency provision where necessary.
Oct. 06, 2016
EPSU’s Standing Committee on Utilities strongly supports Norwegian energy sector’s industrial action
(5 October 2016) EPSU’s Standing Committee on Utilities meeting today in Brussels voted unanimously to strongly support the industrial actions currently underway in the Norwegian Energy sector.
Oct. 05, 2016
(5 October 2016) The Greek Parliament voted to partly privatize the water companies of Athens and Thessaloniki 27 September 2016. This decision was taken despite the broad resistance to it.
Sep. 22, 2016 (September 2016) The FNME-CGT energy trade union is planning a day of action on 21 September by workers at the RTE electricity network. The union is very concerned about the impact of a sell-off on prices and services to users as well as the implications for the pay and conditions of workers in the sector.
Sep. 22, 2016
Following the recent announcement on Apple’s taxes and the launch of an investigation into McDonald’s, the European Commission has announced that it will begin a formal probe into French electricity, gas and energy services giant ENGIE’s tax affairs.
Jul. 11, 2016 (July 2016) Over 400 energy meter readers around the country took their second period of four-day strike action in protest at demands by the E.On company that they work 30 minutes extra three nights a week. The unions - Unite, Unison and GMB - are concerned about long working days and that the company won't stop there if the extra hours are agreed. Read more at Unite.