Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Sectoral social dialogue - Electricity

Sectors of activity :

Social partners

Workers' representatives Employers' representatives

industriAll European Trade Union

European federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC)

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • electric power generation, distribution, trade & transmission.

The electricity sector employs over 1.1 million people in the EU in over 56,000 businesses.

Challenges in the sector include:

  • competition from other energy sources (e.g. gas, oil) and ‘behind-the-meter’ solutions (e.g. photovoltaics)
  • security of the energy supply
  • adapting to climate change
  • demographic change
  • restructuring the industry.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • follow-up to the Energy Roadmap 2050 on Employment
  • managing the 'just energy transition'
  • skills and qualifications
  • youth employment
  • corporate social responsibility
  • equal opportunities and diversity (e.g. work-life balance)
  • health and safety.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.

Recent achievements

  • New Energy Market Design – joint position (2015)
  • Joint position on addressing measures to mitigate social impacts for COP21 UN Climate Change Conference (2015)
  • Competencies, qualifications and anticipation of change: a joint framework of actions of the European social partners in the electricity sector(2015)
  • First follow-up of Joint position on the social aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility - Positive actions on Training/Health & safety/Equal opportunity & Diversity (2014)
  • Joint position on the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies (2013)
  • Joint Framework of Action on Competencies, qualifications and anticipation of change in the European electricity sector (2013)

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