Our analysis of the energy sector confirms the general picture in Europe, with falling wage shares and rising profits and payouts to shareholders," said EPSU Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan.
EPSU finds that from 2001-2002, virtually all ten companies examined show significant increases in profits, ranging from 45% at RWE (Germany) to over 300% at Verbund (Austria).
This conference, organised by EURELECTRIC, EPSU
and EMCEF, examines the impact of an ageing workforce in the electricity industry.
will collect data on working conditions in child, elderly and other dependant care services, and will analyse the causes of the gender pay gap.
Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan argued that "It is a deception for workers in the Energy Community that the European Union and Energy Community countries are quick to push economic and commercial interests but frustrate addressing the social dimension.
Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan foresees a major impact on the sector and employees emanating from the 8-9 March EU Summit.
According to EPSU
, the Commission is ignoring the "fundamental" characteristics of electricity and gas industries that make competition inappropriate.
Moreover, social partners from the European hospital sector (the European Federation of Public Service Unions or EPSU
and the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association or HOSPEEM) chose this day to sign a code of conduct intended to address inequalities and unnecessary burdens on health care caused by unethical recruitment practices(1).
Investment in infrastructure, production capacity, training and R&D are all missing, according to the EPSU
which has subsequently asked that targets in these sectors be set.
represents 8 million public sector workers in more than 185 trade unions in Europe, Eurocities is the mouthpiece for over 100 major cities, while CEMR brings together 46 national associations representing some 100,000 local and regional governments.
, representing trade unions, pointed to the need of increased harmonisation of social standards.
Moreover, ETUC and EPSU
call for the introduction of paternity leave.