Public Ownership of Energy in the UK: How it Could Happen, and the Role of Unions and Allies
Monday, May 9th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UNISON, 130 Euston Road, London
RSVP to David Arnold <D.Arnold@unison.co.uk>
Authored by David Hall, the paper sets out the economic, social and environmental benefits of public ownership, and presents new estimates of the cost of compensation and the economic benefits. The main message of the paper is that public ownership is beneficial, affordable and feasible, even under current EU rules.
11:00 Welcome, Dave Arnold, UNISON. Introductions
11:15 Presentation, David Hall, PSIRU. Discussion
12:15 How can UK unions work more closely together on energy and climate policy?
12:45 TUED update: new unions, recent developments, and future plans.
PSIRU has been working closely with Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED). TUED’s Working Papers Series has addressed the question of democratic control of energy in the light of the across-the-board failure of neoliberal approaches.
At the May 9th meeting TUED coordinator Sean Sweeney will provide an update on the project and report on major union gatherings that took place in recent days in São Paulo (Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas) and Johannesburg (Workers Summit and launch of a new trade union formation). Energy issues lie at the heart of the rapidly changing political landscape in both regions.