From now on, young people starting work in the electricity sector should get better pay and working conditions, thanks to a landmark deal between the social partners.
An industry undergoing major changes in Europe needs smart, skilled workers. Trade unions and employers alike recognise that it is important for new recruits to get high-quality training, good working conditions and career opportunities.
“This agreement makes it clear that trainees aren’t a source of cheap labour,” said Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary of the European Federation of Public Service Unions. “It means that trainees will benefit from collective agreements already in place and recognises the key role of trade unions in ensuring quality traineeships. It strengthens protection for young people starting out.”