EU Sources - European deal on minimum standards for trainees in electricity sector - June 30, 2016

Employers and trade unions signed a landmark agreement to provide minimum standards for trainees in the European electricity sector. According to the European Federation of Public Service Unions, one of the European trade union organisations that negotiated the agreement, the deal makes it clear that trainees aren’t a source of cheap labour. The Quality Framework for Traineeships in the European Electricity Sector stipulates that trainees will benefit from collective agreements already in place. It recognises the key role of trade unions in ensuring quality traineeships and strengthens protection for young people starting out in the sector. European trade union IndustriAll added that the deal brings the Sector Social Dialogue Committee to another level of maturity. The unions are determined to promote good working conditions and opportunities for young people in Europe to start a career in the sector.

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