The report was commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) to inform a workshop on "the future of the waste sector in Europe: challenges and opportunities for workers" held on 7th December 2017 in Brussels.
The report deals with the following questions:
What are the EU policies towards waste management?
What are the implications of the circular economy for the waste management sector?
What is the public/private provision in waste management in Europe?
Which multinational companies dominate the sector?
What are the current collective bargaining arrangements?
What are the opportunities and obstacles for organising waste management workers in Europe?
The report focuses on:
Improving the health and safety of workers
Ensuring quality jobs and decent pay and conditions
Fighting against social dumping
Improving the quality of jobs through up-skilling.