Reclaiming the Power Sector to Public Ownership

Reclaiming public ownership of the power sector is one of the struggles of the energy democracy agenda, and taken up by trade unions, progressive parties, and campaigns. To strengthen this agenda in Europe, a working meeting with trade unions from UK and Europe will be held.

In the working meeting will be discussed: how can unions and close allies work with the Labour Party (UK) with regard to its Manifesto commitment on returning the power sector to public ownership; what might the Labour Party policy in this regard mean for EU policy and debates among trade unions and the parties of the left.

The TUED trade union project in Europe aims to strengthen alternatives to the failed profit-focused approach to energy transition and to the EU’s push for liberalization and privatization; TUED aims at unleashing a pro-public narrative, backed by clear policy interventions, and advanced by trade unions.

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) is a global, multi-sector initiative to advance democratic direction and control of energy in a way that promotes solutions to the climate crisis, energy poverty, the degradation of both land and people, and responds to the attacks on workers’ rights and protections. Among others, goals are to help build and strengthen a global trade union community for energy democracy, and to connect the energy democracy agenda to union struggles and campaigns.

Documents:
Report of previous European TUED meeting in Geneva, 2017

Participants:
TUED members, other European trade unions and allies

General information:
Date/venue: 28-29 June 2018, Wortley, UK (map)
Organisation: Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), TUC Yorkshire and Humber, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels
Contact: Marlis Gensler, marlis.gensler(at)rosalux(dot)org