Social partners unite for a just energy transition

Trade unions and employers in the electricity industry have signed a joint statement supporting a ‘just energy transition’, calling for reskilling, quality jobs, social partners and local communities to be involved in change, and EU financial assistance to underpin the move towards cleaner energy.

European trade union federations EPSU (public services) and IndustriAll-Europe (industry), together with Eurelectric – representing the electricity industry in 32 European countries – agreed on the need for rapid action to decarbonise the economy in order to tackle climate change and its negative impacts on the environment, society and workers.

“This joint approach proves the dedication and mobilisation of the European Social Partners in the electricity sector to ensuring a successful and just clean energy transition in Europe,” said Kristian Ruby, Eurelectric Secretary General. “We are ready to lead in this transition.”

“Providing workers affected by the energy transition with quality job alternatives and adequate skills are an absolute requirement to ensure a smooth transition,” added EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan. “Fighting energy poverty which affects nearly 11% of the European population today, as well as democratising energy production and distribution, will also be crucial elements to make the energy transition just for the workers and fair for European citizens.”

“Europe can be a role model in striking a balance between achieving a clean energy system and keeping sustainable high-quality jobs, if there is a clear and strong engagement to invest in this project from all sides: EU, governments, industry and trade unions,” concluded IndustriAll Europe General Secretary Luc Triangle.

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