TUED work in the UK and Europe – Key Milestones
An overview of meetings and discussions through 2017
In Febrary 2018, TUED organized the latest in a continuing series of meetings focusing on the UK and Europe. Below is a summary of the meetings leading up to this, with links to more information.
February 28, 2017: Following a one-day meeting hosted by the ITF, several UK unions participating in TUED met with Labour MP Alan Whitehead in parliament: UNITE, UNISON, GMB, PCS, UCU and TSSA all participated. Representatives of allied organizations, namely, Platform, the Campaign Against Climate Change—Trade Union Group, and the Greener Jobs Alliance, also took part. As a result of the meeting, TUED unions submitted a memo to Alan titled Statement on the Labour Party’s Election Commitment on Public Ownership of Energy and Trade Union Policy.
June 12-13, 2017: TUED convened a two-day working meeting of unions and close allies in the energy democracy movement in Geneva, under the title, “Reclaiming Power: The Struggle for Europe’s Energy Future.” Union participants from different sectors came from the Basque region, Croatia, France, Galicia, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK. Regional trade union bodies ETF and EPSU were also represented.
November 1, 2017: Following the TUC Congress resolution on supporting the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment on energy and climate protection, TUED unions and allies met with Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Rebecca Long-Bailey. With input from UNISON, UNITE, PCS and GMB, a memo was submitted to inform the discussion. The Shadow Secretary said she welcomed TUED’s input and her office would develop a Terms of Reference for ongoing collaborations between TUED and her team. In early January, the Shadow Secretary’s office sent the terms of reference via email.
At the November 1st meeting, issues were raised about the scope of public ownership; the future of the “Big Six” and its workers, and how to address pressing issues about the energy mix in the power sector but also in the broader economy (including transport-related energy, the needs of industry, and the role of gas for domestic and industrial use); and the potential impact of EPO on the EU approach to energy and climate targets.
November 10, 2017: During COP 23 in Bonn, TUED organized a strategy roundtable with union participants came from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, UK and USA. A report of the meeting is here. A list of attendees is here. The meeting consisted of reports from TUED unions in different countries and regions, as well as discussion on the recent TUED working paper, Preparing a Public Pathway: Confronting the Investment Crisis in Renewable Energy.