September 12th, 2017, Brighton, 7:30 p.m. — 8:30 pm, following the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group Fringe Meeting in Room 1A, Brighton Centre, Brighton.
The fringe meeting will feature speakers Chris Baugh, (Assistant General Secretary, PCS), Diana Holland, (Assistant General Secretary, Unite); and Barry Gardiner MP, (Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade).
The fringe meeting ends at 7:15 p.m. TUED unions and friends will meet straight afterwards at the venue or in a space close by. Please text + 917 886 1419 is you plan to attend the TUED Debrief
The TUED debrief will focus on the outcome and character of the Motion 10 debate on public ownership of energy that is expected to take place earlier the same afternoon.
The debrief will provide an opportunity for TUED unions and allies to prepare for a discussion on policy and strategy with shadow minister Rebecca Long Bailey in parliament on the morning of November 1st, 2017. (subject to final confirmation, details to follow).
TUED unions will meet with, Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour Party shadow secretary, in parliament on November 1st
Background: This year TUC Congress is expected to vote on a Climate Change resolution moved by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) that, if passed, urges the TUC to “Work with the Labour Party and others that advocate for an end to the UK’s rigged energy system to bring it back into public ownership and democratic control.” Friendly amendments to the resolution have been submitted by the Communication Workers Union, Fire Brigades Union, the train drivers union ASLEF, and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto For the Many, Not the Few
pointed to the failures of electricity privatisation, energy poverty, the need the honor the UK’s climate commitments, and to put the UK on course for 60% of its energy to be met by zero carbon or renewable sources by 2030.
The Manifesto also commits to “take energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy, affordability for consumers, and democratic control.” The Manifesto calls for the creation of “publicly owned, locally accountable energy companies and co-operatives to rival existing private energy suppliers.”
Labour Party’s election manifesto backed extending public ownership of energy and a strong commitment to climate protection.
However, last year’s Congress resolution on climate change, moved by TSSA, was defeated–a decision that drew attention to the tensions within and between unions over energy sources and options.
Can these tensions be effectively addressed within a framework of public ownership of key parts of the energy system? How can unions pull together in support of such an effort? What role can the TUC play to unify unions around public ownership and resolve tensions?
The meeting in Brighton will continue the multi-union discussion Reclaiming Power After Brexit
that took place on February 28th 2017 at the International Transport Workers Federation in London, and involved a meeting with shadow minister Alan Whitehead the following day. Report here