Czech Republic: Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in the electricity sector

  • Observatory: EurWORK
  • Topic:
  • Collective bargaining,
  • Social partners,
  • Participation at work,
  • Employee representation,
  • Arbejdsmarkedsrelationer,
  • Published on: 26 januar 2014



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It is not possible to determine the share of the Czech electricity sector as a proportion of GDP, since the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) monitors only its parent sector, of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, which accounted for a 3.9% share in the Czech GDP in 2011. The share of sectoral employment as a percentage of total employment in the Czech economy is 0.8%. The number of business entities in the sector was almost 6,000, which is only 0.4 % of the number of all active economic entities in the Czech Republic.

Collective bargaining in this sector is regular, but its employees are members of four different trade unions, of which the most representative ones are ECHO and ČOSE.Their partners in collective bargaining are, primarily, the Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector (ČSZE), as the only employer association in the sector, and managements of Czech-based companies which are part of ČEZ Group, E.ON Group and RWE Group at the company level.

Sectoral properties

Economic background

Electricity production steadily grew from 2008, reaching 87,561 GWh in 2011; however, this figure fell in 2012 to 87,533.7 GWh (source: www.eru.cz). It is mostly generated in steam and nuclear power plants., with about one third produced in the Czech Republic.. These plants are 70% owned by ČEZ.. The Czech Republic consumes a relatively high amount of energy, although this has been decreasing. Power consumption, constantly growing since 2000, declined by 4.8% in 2009, caused by a drop in wholesale demand. By 2010, consumption was growing again, although it did not exceed the 2008 figures.

The number of companies in the sector significantly rose over the decade, mainly caused by the increase in the number of photovoltaic power plants in 2010–2011. The share of the sector’s employees as a proportion of total national employment remained steady.

After the power market liberalisation, 387 companies were licensed to trade in electricity at the end of 2012, with more than 30 of them supplying domestic electricity. There was a boom in the construction of photovoltaic power plants in 2001, the production capacity of which is now 2,086 MW.

The electricity production is influenced by the ever-successful export of electricity (almost one third of production is exported).

In February 2013 there was a discussion in media and at the political level on unjustified energy prices set by photovoltaic power plants, and this centred especially on high fees paid by users to support energy from renewable sources.

Another debated topic is the launched tender for the construction of two blocks of the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant with a planned capacity of 2,000 MW.

Sectoral coverage

This representativeness study covers companies and employees in the electricity sector, as defined by NACE Rev. 2 code 35.1:

35.1 Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

35.11 Production of electricity

35.12 Transmission of electricity

35.13 Distribution of electricity

35.14 Trade of electricity

Development of sectoral employment and companies

Table 1: Sectoral properties
 

2001

2011

Number of companies in the sector (including one-person companies and self-employed)

2,694

5,986

(4,695 from Structural Business Statistics by Eurostat)

Comment

-

-

Source of company data

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Aggregate employment

39.1

37.5

(16.455 from Structural Business Statistics by Eurostat)

Male employment

30.2

30.4

Female employment

8.9

7.1

Share of sectoral employment as a % of total employment in the economy

0.8 %

0.8 %

Source of employment figures

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Comment

Data from 2001

(NACE Rev 1.1) are converted using 2-digits converter

Results from 2011 are based on population estimates revised according to results of Census 2011.

Aggregate employees

37.8

35.3

13.922 (Eurostat 2010)

Male employees

28.9

28.1

Female employees

8.9

7.2

Share of sectoral employees as a % of total employees in the economy

0.9 %

0.9 %

Source of employee figures

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ)

Comment

Data from 2001

(NACE Rev 1.1) are converted using 2-digits converter

Results from 2011 are based on population estimates revised according to results of Census 2011.

Note: Table was completed using national data sources only.

2. Overview of the industrial relations landscape in the sector

In the electricity sector, there are four trade unions and one employer association (ČSZE). Moreover, three big companies (or groups of companies) such as ČEZ Group, RWE Group in CZ and E.ON ČR conclude group company-level collective agreements with their trade union counterparts..

While electricity producers, distributors and traders are concentrated in ČSZE, trade unions are fragmented. A higher level of representativeness is mainly found in the trade unions ECHO and ČOSE, whereas the unions Transgas and UNIOS represent companies more particularly in the gas industry (the dominant group is RWE ČR) or companies outside the utilities sector.

Collective bargaining has a long tradition. The merged TU ECHO has been concluding a higher level collective agreement each year since 2005, whereas the TU UNIOS, by contrast, did not conclude any agreement of this kind in 2010–2012 – it only acts as a partner in the group negotiating company-level collective agreements in the RWE group of companies.

In 2004 the Power Engineers’ union (OSE) and Chemistry Union (OSCH) merged to form ECHO. The financial crisis has had no impact on social partners’ organisations; the only thing that occurred was the integration of the former Nuclear Power Plant Workers unions into the ČOSE union.

3. The sector’s trade unions and employer associations

This report includes detailed information on the following trade unions and employer associations:

(i) trade unions (or employees’ interest organisations) and employer organisations (or business associations) which are affiliated to the sector-related European Union Federation(s) or the sector-related European Employer/Business Federation(s) and represent members in the sector

The sector-related European employee organisations are:

  • IndustriAll Europa;
  • European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU).

The sector-related European employer organisations are:

  • The union of the electricity industry (EURELECTRIC).

(ii) trade unions and employer organisations which are party to sector-related collective bargaining and represent members in the sector.

This report does not include detailed information on the following organisations, because they fall outside the remit of the study:

iii) Affiliates to EU-level sectoral social partners, but without members in the sector. These are the affiliates of EPSU and IndustriAll Europa that have members in other sectors but not in the electricity sector. Use these weblinks for a full list of the IndustriAll affiliates and EPSU affiliates.

iv) Organisations which are involved in sector-related collective bargaining, but do not represent members in the sector.

v) Organisations which represent members in the sector, but are not involved in sector-related collective bargaining, and are not members of EU-level sectoral social-partner organisations.

3a. Please list all the organisations which can be related to the study in the following overview table

Table 2: Overview of industrial relations landscape
Organisation abbreviation Sector related (members in the sector) Member of a sector-related European organisation Involved in sector related CB Fact-sheet included Source of information
OS ECHO

Yes

Yes (EPSU +

IndustriAll

Yes

Yes

Vít Spurný, Vice-Chairman

ČOSE

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Josef Mráz, Chairman of Coordination Committee

OS UNIOS

Yes

Yes

(EPSU +PSI)

Yes

Yes

Petr Pech, Vice-Chairman

OS Transgas

Yes

Yes

(EPSU +PSI)

Yes

Yes

Šárka Vojíková, Chairwoman

ČSZE

Yes

Yes (EURELECTRIC)

Yes

Yes

Pavel Chejn, Secretary

OS DLV

No

(Trade Union of Workers in Woodworking Industry, Forestry and Management of Water)

Yes (EPSU)

No

No

Pavel Kunc, Chairman,

Public services international

No

Member of PSI worldwide

No

No

Josef Krejbych,

EPSU sub-regional Officer for Central Europe

Annex 1 at the end of this questionnaire provides the list of all the organisations which are members of the sector-related European organisations, broken down by country.

4. Collective bargaining in the electricity sector

4.1. Are employees in the sector as defined in Section 1 above and in Table 1 covered by collective bargaining?

Yes.

4.2. If yes, please consider the five main relevant* collective agreements (single-employer and multi-employer agreements) valid in 2012 in the electricity sector and indicate their levels, the name of the agreements, respective coverage in terms of sectors/activities, the bargaining parties to the agreement and the numbers of employees covered within the electricity sector (also estimate):

Table 3: The five main relevant* collective agreements (single-employer and multi-employer agreements) valid in 2012

Level

Common name

Sectoral coverage

No. of employees covered within the electricity sector

Bargaining parties

Employer(s)

(in case of single-employer agreements) or

Employer organisation(s)

(in case of multi-employer agreements)

Trade union(s)

Multi-employer agreement:

Cross-sectoral

Higher-level collective agreement of 16 January 2013 concluded by ČOSE, OS ECHO and ČSZE (http://www.csze.cz/index.php?kategorie=830)

Previous HLCAs:

Higher-level collective agreement of 9 January 2009 made by ECHO, ČOSE, Union of Nuclear Power Plant Workers and Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector (ČSZE) + Amendment No. 3 concluded on 20 December2011

for 2012)

Source: http://www.mpsv.cz/files/clanky/3619/11-93936_-_CSZE_-_Dodatek_c._3_ke_KSVS_-_ulozeni.pdf

Production, distribution, transmission and trade in electricity, gas industry, secondary and university specialised education.

Total 8,000 within the framework of TU ECHO and TU ČOSE

The Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector (ČSZE)

ECHO + ČOSE

Single-employer agreements:

Group of companies

22 company-level collective agreements in ČEZ Group concluded until 31 December 2014 (Amendments to the CA No. 6 in ČEZ and No. 9 in integrated subsidiaries of December 2011)

http://www.cez.cz/edee/content/micrositesutf/odpovednost2011/en/socialni-odpovednost/zamestnanci/odbory.html

Production, trade and distribution of electricity and thermal energy, trade and sale of natural gas, and coal mining

About . 6,000*

(this number also covers employees outside the in the subsidiaries which cover employees within the electritricity sector and beyond

ČEZ, a. s.

including 21 companies within ČEZ Group (Skupina ČEZ) in ČR

http://www.cez.cz/en/cez-group/cez-group/subsidiaries.html

ČOSE (22 Union organisations)

Single employer agreement: Group of companies

Collective agreement made by RWE Transgas, a. s. and OS Transgas and Association of UOs of TU UNIOS of November 2011 for 2012–2013

Gas industry, trade in electricity and gas

1,000

RWE Transgas a. s.

+ companies within RWE Group

OS Transgas + UNIOS

Single-employer agreements:

Group of companies

(Company-level) collective agreement for 2010–2013 made by managements of 5 E.ON companies in CZ and the Council of Chairmen of the UOs of the TU ECHO

of 1.1.2010 + Amendment in force until 2015

Production, distribution, transmission and trade in electricity and gas

2,470 (in 5 companies of E.ON Group in CZ)

E.ON Česká republika, s.r.o.,

E.ON Servisní s. r. o.,

E.ON Energie, a.s.,

E.ON Distribuce a. s., E.ON Trend s. r. o.,

ECHO

Single-employer agreements:

Group of companies

Collective agreement for 2010–2012 incl. Amendment of December 2011

Production, distribution, transmission and trade in electricity

1,500

PRE Group (Pražská energetika a. s. + 3 subsidiaries)

ČOSE

* Relevance is measured in terms of employees covered.

5. The system of collective bargaining

5.1. Estimate the sector’s rate of collective bargaining coverage (i.e. the ratio of the number of employees covered by any kind of collective agreement to the total number of employees in the sector).

The collective agreements, of all kinds, cover about 17,000 employees in the electricity sector. According to information from the Czech Statistical Office, 37,500 employees work in this sector. The ratio of the number of employees covered by any collective agreement to the total number of employees is 47%.

5.2. Estimate the relative importance of multi-employer agreements and of single-employer agreements as a percentage of the total number of employees covered. (Multi-employer bargaining is defined as being conducted by an employer association on behalf of the employer side. In the case of single-employer bargaining, it is the company or its subunit(s) which is the party to the agreement. This includes the cases where two or more companies jointly negotiate an agreement or an employer organisation negotiates on behalf of only one company.)

5.2.1. Is there a practice of extending multi-employer agreements to employers who are not affiliated to the signatory employer association/s?

No.

5.2.2. If there is a practice of extending collective agreements targeting employers, is this practice pervasive or rather limited and exceptional?

Not relevant.

6. Formulation and implementation of sector-specific public policies

6.1. Do tripartite bodies dealing with sector-specific issues exist? If yes, please indicate their domain of activity (for instance, health and safety, equal opportunities, labour market, social security and pensions etc.), their origin (agreement/statutory) and the interest organisations having representatives in them.

There is neither a tripartite body nor tripartite negotiations in the electricity sector.

7. Data on the trade unions

Český odborový svaz energetiků (ČOSE)

Czech Trade Union of Power Engineers

Český odborový svaz energetiků

The union’s domain

 

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover the entire electricity sector, including all of the sub-activities as a whole, as listed above?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all occupations within the electricity sector among both blue-collar workers and white-collar workers?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover, within the electricity sector, all forms and size classes of enterprises (for instance: public ownership, private ownership, multinationals, domestic companies, SMEs, etc. – of course, only insofar as they exist in the sector)?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all regions of your country?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover employees outside the electricity sector?

Yes, TU ČOSE covers the following companies operating outside the electricity sector:

ČEZ Teplárenská, Severočeské doly – kolejová doprava, I+C Energo, Energetické opravy, Energotrans.

General information on the union

 

Is the union engaged in sector-related collective bargaining?

Yes

If yes, what form of collective bargaining?

Both single- and multi-employer bargaining:

Single-employer bargaining (22 company-level agreements within ČEZ Group) + Pražská energetika company/group agreements) + ČEZ Teplárenská.

Multi-employer bargaining (cross-sectoral):

high-level collective agreement signed together with TU ECHO and ČSZE

How many employees are covered by the collective agreement/s signed by the union within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

Ca. 10,000 employees

Please indicate the type of membership

Voluntary

.

Is the union being consulted by the authorities in sector-related matters?

Yes

How often do sector-related consultations involve the union?

On an ad-hoc basis (in time of need)

Members

 

How many active members in employment does the union have in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

.

4,000 (2012)

How many active members in employment does the union have within the electricity sector only?

.

3,000 (2012)

Does the union have members in the largest electricity companies?

Yes (ČEZ a.s , Pražská energetika)

Affiliations

 

To which international organisations is the union affiliated?

None

To which European-level organisations is the union affiliated?

None

To which national-level organisations is the union affiliated?

The Association of independent trade unions (ASO)

Source of information

Josef Mráz, Chairman of co-ordination committee of ČOSE

First telephone contact 8 February 2013. Questionnaire sent 11 February 2013.

Received answers 21 February 2013.

Website: www.cose.cz (only in Czech)

EIRO national correspondent: Petr Pojer

Odborový svaz (OS ECHO)

Trade Union of Chemical and Energy Workers

Odborový svaz (OS ECHO)

The union’s domain

 

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover the entire electricity sector, including all of the sub-activities as a whole, as listed above?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all occupations within the electricity sector among both blue-collar workers and white-collar workers?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover, within the electricity sector, all forms and size classes of enterprises (for instance: public ownership, private ownership, multinationals, domestic companies, SMEs, etc. – of course, only insofar as they exist in the sector)?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all regions of your country?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover employees outside the electricity sector?

Yes.

General information on the union

 

Is the union engaged in sector-related collective bargaining?

Yes

If yes, what form of collective bargaining?

Both single- and multi-employer bargaining

(60 CLCAs and 1 sectoral HLCA concluded)

How many employees are covered by the collective agreement/s signed by the union within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

8,000 employees

Please indicate the type of membership

Voluntary

.

Is the union being consulted by the authorities in sector-related matters?

Yes

How often do sector-related consultations involve the union?

On an ad-hoc basis (as needed)

Members

 

How many active members in employment does the union have in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

22,500 (2012)

How many active members in employment does the union have within the electricity sector only?

8,000 (2012)

Does the union have members in the largest electricity companies?

Yes (e.g. ČEZ power plants)

Affiliations

 

To which international organisations is the union affiliated?

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

To which European-level organisations is the union affiliated?

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

IndustriAll

To which national-level organisations is the union affiliated?

Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (Českomoravská konfederace odborových svazů, ČMKOS)

Source of information

Vít Spurný, Vice-chairman (Energy Section)

Contact history:

Telephone call on 15 February with trade union. Questionnaire returned 18 February.

Website/other secondary sources:

www.os-echo.cz (only in Czech)

EIRO national correspondent: Petr Pojer

Odborový svaz UNIOS (OS UNIOS)

Trade Union UNIOS

Odborový svaz UNIOS

The union’s domain

 

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover the entire electricity sector, including all of the sub-activities as a whole, as listed above?

No, subsector of Trade of electricity only.

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all occupations within the electricity sector among both blue-collar workers and white-collar workers?

No, white-collar workers only.

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover, within the electricity sector, all forms and size classes of enterprises (for instance: public ownership, private ownership, multinationals, domestic companies, SMEs, etc. – of course, only insofar as they exist in the sector)?

No, private owned companies (members of RWE Group in CZ) active in the subsector of Trade of electricity only.

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all regions of your country?

No (within electricity sector).

General information on the union

 

Is the union engaged in sector-related collective bargaining?

Yes

.

If yes, what form of collective bargaining?

Single-employer bargaining (group agreement within companies of RWE Group in CZ)

How many employees are covered by the collective agreement/s signed by the union within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

4,500 employees (2012), of which 832 employees in the electricity sector.

Please indicate the type of membership

Voluntary

.

Is the union being consulted by the authorities in sector-related matters?

No

How often do sector-related consultations involve the union?

Not relevant.

Members

 

How many active members in employment does the union have in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

10,339 (2012)

How many active members in employment does the union have within the electricity sector only?

447 (2012)

Does the union have members in the largest electricity companies?

No

Affiliations

 

To which international organisations is the union affiliated?

Public Services International (PSI)

European Federation of Public Service Unions

(EPSU)

To which European-level organisations is the union affiliated?

European Federation of Public Service Union

(EPSU)

To which national-level organisations is the union affiliated?

Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS)

Source of information

Petr Pech, Vice-Chairman

Questionnaire was sent 4 February.

Meeting with Vice-chairman and completion of fact sheet, 8 February.

Website/other secondary sources:

www.osunios.cz (only in Czech)

EIRO national correspondent: Petr Pojer

Odborový svaz Transgas (OS Transgas)

Trade Union Transgas

Odborový svaz Transgas (OS Transgas)

The union’s domain

 

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover the entire electricity sector, including all of the sub-activities as a whole, as listed above?

No, subsector of Trade of electricity only.

These sub-activities are not covered:

35.11 Production of electricity

35.12 Transmission of electricity

35.13 Distribution of electricity

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all occupations within the electricity sector among both blue-collar workers and white-collar workers?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover, within the electricity sector, all forms and size classes of enterprises (for instance: public ownership, private ownership, multinationals, domestic companies, SMEs, etc. – of course, only insofar as they exist in the sector)?

No.

The TU Transgas includes companies in private ownership only (group of RWE companies in CZ).

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover all regions of your country?

Yes

According to its domain, does the union potentially cover employees outside the electricity sector?

Yes, because most of employees are employed within gas industry.

General information on the union

 

Is the union engaged in sector-related collective bargaining?

Yes

If yes, what form of collective bargaining?

Single-employer bargaining (group agreement within companies of RWE Group in CZ)

How many employees are covered by the collective agreement/s signed by the union within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

4,500 employees in 20 companies, of which 1,000 employees in 5 companies in electricity trade.

Please indicate the type of membership

Voluntary

Is the union being consulted by the authorities in sector-related matters?

No

How often do sector-related consultations involve the union?

Not relevant.

Members

 

How many active members in employment does the union have in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

100 (2012)

How many active members in employment does the union have within the electricity sector only?

30 (2012)

Does the union have members in the largest electricity companies?

No.

OS Transgas has no members in companies such as ČEZ /ČEZ Group (29 companies) and E.ON Group (5 companies).

Affiliations

 

To which international organisations is the union affiliated?

Public Services International (PSI)

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

To which European-level organisations is the union affiliated?

European Federation of Public Service Unions

(EPSU)

To which national-level organisations is the union affiliated?

(AKV)

Source of information

Šárka Vojíková, Chairwoman, telephoned 28 January, and questionnaire sent.Website/other secondary sources:

www.rwe.cz

www.volny.cz/akv (only in Czech)

EIRO national correspondent: Petr Pojer

8. Data on the employer associations

Český svaz zaměstnavatelů v energetice (ČSZE)

The Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector

Český svaz zaměstnavatelů v energetice

The employer organisation’s domain

 

According to its domain, does the employer organisation potentially cover the entire electricity sector, including all of the sub-activities as a whole, as listed above?

Yes

According to its domain, does the employer organisation potentially cover, within the electricity sector, all (legal) forms and size classes of enterprises (for instance: public ownership, private ownership, multinationals, domestic companies, SMEs, etc.) (of course, only insofar as they exist in the sector)?

Yes

According to its domain, does the employer organisation potentially cover companies, within the electricity sector, in all regions of your country?

Yes

According to its domain, does the employer organisation potentially cover companies and/or business activities outside the electricity sector?

Yes.

Member companies doing business outside the electricity sector are organisations in the heating industry, specialised schools (universities, colleges of higher education, secondary technical schools), design and research organisations.

General information on the organisation

 

Is the employer organisation engaged in sector-related collective bargaining?

Yes

If yes, what form of collective bargaining?

Multi-employer bargaining - sectoral

How many companies are covered by the collective agreement/s signed by the employer organisation within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

14 companies

How many employees are covered by the sector-related collective agreement/s signed by the employer organisation within the electricity sector (including those covered via extension mechanisms)?

14,895 employees

Please indicate the type of membership

Voluntary

.

Is the employer organisation being consulted by the authorities in sector-related matters?

Yes

How often do sector-related consultations involve the employer organisation?

On a regular basis (approx. once quarterly)

.

Members

 

How many member companies does the employer organisation have in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

36 companies (2012)

How many employees work in these member companies in total (i.e. within the electricity sector and beyond)?

19,669 employees (2012)

How many member companies does the employer organisation have within the electricity sector only?

14 companies (2012)

How many employees work in these member companies within the electricity sector only?

14,895 employees (2012)

Are the largest electricity companies affiliated to this employer organisation?

Yes, for example: ČEZ a. s., E.ON Česká republika, PRE, ČEZ Distribuce, ČEZ Prodej, Elektrárny Opatovice etc.

Affiliations

 

To which international organisations is the employer organisation affiliated?

The Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC)

To which European-level organisations is the employer organisation affiliated?

The Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC)

Live Working Association (Asociace práce pod napětím, LWA)

To which national-level organisations is the employer organisation affiliated?

Confederation of the Industry of the Czech republic (Svaz průmyslu ČR, SP ČR)

Source of information

Jan Klas, Director; Pavel Chejn, Secretary

On 23 January, secretariat called and sent questionnaire which was returned 15 February.

Website/other secondary sources:

www.csze.cz (only in Czech)

www.csze-eurelectric.cz (only in Czech)

EIRO national correspondent: Petr Pojer

9. Inter-associational relationships

9.1 Inter-union relationships

9.1.1 Please list all trade unions covered by this study whose domains overlap within the sector.

Trade union Transgas (OS TG)

Trade Union UNIOS (OS UNIOS)

Trade Union ECHO (OS ECHO)

Czech Trade Union of Power Engineers (ČOSE)

9.1.2 Do rivalries and competition exist among the trade unions within the sector, concerning the right to conclude collective agreements and to be consulted in public policy formulation and implementation?

No.

9.1.3 If yes, are certain trade unions excluded from these rights?

Not relevant.

9.2 Inter-employer association relationships

9.2.1 Please list all employer associations covered by this study whose domains overlap within the sector.

The Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector (ČSZE).

Note: ČSZE is the only traditional employer association in this sector.

The domain of this employer association overlaps especially with the gas industry and vocational education.

There are also big companies that conclude group-level collective agreements with activities which stretch beyond the electricity sector but also overlap it:

  • ČEZ a. s. (leading / mother company within ČEZ Group)
  • E.ON Česká republika (leading company within E.ON Group in the CZ)
  • RWE Česká republika (leading company within RWE Group in the CZ).

9.2.2 Do rivalries and competition exist among the employer associations within the sector, concerning the right to conclude collective agreements and to be consulted in public policy formulation and implementation?

No.

9.2.3 If yes, are certain employer associations excluded from these rights?

Not relevant.

9.2.4 Are there large companies or employer associations within the sector which refuse to recognise the trade unions and refuse to enter collective bargaining?

No.

9. Commentary

The Czech Association of Employers in Energy Sector, ČSZE is the only true representative of electricity producers, distributors and traders in the Czech Republic (its 36 members have 14,895 employees active in the electricity sector, representing more than three quarters of their total number of employees).

There is no single, strong trade union that could unite and represent interests of all employees in the electricity sector – therefore, collective bargaining is slightly fragmented.

ČSZE makes a higher level collective agreement with only the two most important unions (ECHO and ČOSE), with this agreement covering about 8,000 employees in the electricity sector.

The remaining two trade unions (OS Transgas and OS UNIOS) make collective agreements at the company/group-level only, which in total represent only 1,830 employees in the sector.

Besides this, at the company/group level, agreements are made that cover additional several thousand employees.

Petr Pojer, Research Institute of Labour and Social Affairs (RILSA)

Annex: Organisations which are members of the sector-related European organisations

 

EPSU

IndustriAll

EURELECTRIC

AT

GDG, VERDI

PRO-GE

Österreichs E-Wirtschaft 

BE

CSC, CSC - Services Publics, SLFP,

CGSP ACOD,

CGSP-P, CGSP-G

GAZELCO Distrigas,

CG-FGTB,

CGSP-ACOD Gazelco,

CGSP Admi

ACV/CSC BIE,

LBC-NVK,

SETCA-BBTK

FEBEG,

SYNERGRID asbl

BG

NSFEB,

FEW-Podkrepa,

PK Services,

FCIW-PODK,

NDWU, VODOSNABDITEL,

FITUGO,

FCIW-PODKREPA

NF Energy - CL Podkrepa,

NFE,

NEWF Podkrepa

Bulgarian Electric Power Association

CY

FSGEC, PASYDY

FPUEAE

Electricity Authority of Cyprus

CZ

OS UNIOS,

Public Services International,

OS ECHO,

OS DLV, RWE

OS ECHO

CSZE

DE

VERDI

IG BCE

BDEW

DK

3F workers union,

DM, PEU, FOA,

DK Funktionærforbund,

DEF,

CO Industri

Dansk Energi

EE

AEEWTU

AEEWTU - EEAÜL

The Union of Electricity Industry of Estonia

ES

FITAG-UGT,

AGBAR,

FSAP-CCOO,

FSP UGT

FITAG-UGT,

FITEQA-CC.OO,

ELA-HAINBAT,

FI CC.OO,

UNESA

FI

JYTY, JHL, UNION of SALARIED EMPLOYEES,

PARDIA,

SÄHKÖLIITTO,

UIL (INSINÖÖRILIITTO),

Energiateollisuus ry

FR

CGT – FNME, FPSPSS-FO, CGT-SP, Public Services International, PSI,

INTERCO CFDT,

FNEM-FO, CFTC,

UNSA, FNME-CGT,

FCE-CFDT,

FNEM FO

UFE

GR

-

PFEPPRCI,

GENOP-DEI

HELAS

HU

VKDSZ, EVDSZ, HVDSZ 2000

V.D.Sz.Sz. (EVDSZ),

BDSZ

EMT

IE

ESBOA, IMPACT,

SIPTU, Electricity Supply Board Officers Association

SIPTU

EAI

IT

FEMCA, UILCEM,

FP-CGIL, FLAEI-CISL, FILCTEM-CGIL,

UILCEM

UNEI

LT

LITUF, LVPF,

LTUSE

 

Nacionaline Lietuvos Elektros Asociacija 

LU

CGT-L,

Confédération Luxembourgeoise des Syndicats Chrétiens - Secteur Public, LCGB,

LCGB

Organisation des Entreprises d’Electricité du Luxembourg

LV

LTUE, LAKRS

ENERGIJA, LINA

LEEA

MT

GWU

 

ENEMALTA Corporation

NL

ABVAKABO FNV, CNV

FNV Bondgenoten,

ABVAKABO FNV, EON

FNV,

CNV Vakmensen

Energie-Nederland,

Netbeheer Nederland

PL

SKEE Solidarnosc,

PSS Solidarnosc

SGiE Solidarnosc,

PKEE

PT

Sindicato dos Trabalhadores da AdministraçãoPública,

STAL, SINTAP,

SINDEL, STE

SINDEL

ELECPROR

RO

GAZ ROM,

UNIVERS,

Public Services International,

ENERGETICA,

APA NOVA,

GAZ MEDIAS,

FS Gaz Romania

UFS ATLAS, FSLCP,

FNME, Hidrosind,

FS Hidrosind,

IRE,

SE

SEKO, NOFS,

VISION,

HK Kommunal,

KOMMUNAL, TRANSPORT, FACKFORBUNDET

UNIONEN, SEF,

SVERIGES INGENJORER,

SEKO

Svensk Energi Swedenergy AB

SI

SDE SLOVENIJE

SDE

Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Energy Association, EURELECTRIC Section

SK

SOZE, TUWIFWS,

POZ,

Slovak Gas Industry Trade Union,

Slovak Trade Union of Health and Social Services,

ECHOZ, SOZPS,

SPP

ZOJES

ZZES

UK

Prospect, UNISON,

NIPSA, FDA,

Unite the Union,

GMB

GMB,

UNITE (ex-TGWU),

UNITE the UNION

ENA, Energy UK, ERA

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