​​COP26: As Emissions Levels Rise, Public Ownership of Energy Wins Support
October 3, 2021
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Join Us Live from Glasgow: Unions Rally for a Public Energy Future, 4 November 2021

Please join us for a hybrid meeting on November 4, 2021, 12:00 pm-3:30 pm UK time (find your local time here), coordinated by TUED, PSI, FNME-CGT and held at the new STUC offices in Glasgow. The meeting, Reclaim Energy to Public Ownership and Control, will be a working meeting where we will announce the Trade Union Programme for a Public, Low-Carbon, Energy Future, hear responses to the Program, and discuss strategy and next steps. Key unions, from the South and the North, have reviewed and already signed onto the Programme. The Programme is available here:

Other unions wishing to sign on can email Irene HongPing Shen: ireneTUED@gmail.com.See the full agenda and speakers here.PLEASE REGISTER HERE.  The Zoom link is shared upon completed registration. Interpretation will be available for English, French, and Spanish.We hope you can join us! Please also see the Press Release below.For a full list of TUED events around COP26: https://tinyurl.com/TUEDatCOP26

In solidarity,The TUED team

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COP26: As Emissions Levels Rise, Public Ownership of Energy Wins Support from Key Unions

3 November 2021

Glasgow, Scotland — Unions from both South and North are rallying behind a Trade Union Programme for a Public, Low Carbon, Energy Future that aims to build support for reclaiming electricity systems to public ownership and control in order to address the climate emergency in ways that create jobs and address energy poverty.

The Programme will be released on Thursday, November 4th, at the headquarters of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Glasgow, just 2 miles from the Convention Center where COP26 is taking place. STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer will welcome participants, which will include union representatives from the global South, both in person and via the internet.

The Programme is the result of a year of work by the Trade Union Task Force for a Public Energy Future consisting of more than 30 unions from nearly 20 countries around the world.

Anchoring the Programme is a major report that explains the failure of private markets to deliver on climate targets. The report details how major companies in the power sector — reclaimed to public ownership, governed democratically, and operating under a new “pro-public” mandate — can advance energy conservation and efficiency, and work in partnership with other public entities at national and global levels to carry out the energy transition we need while meeting the needs of users, workers and communities. The report is expected to be released in early 2022.

Coordinated by the French energy and mining unions FNME-CGT, the global union federation Public Services International, and the 89-union network Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the Programme already has the support of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Dutch trade union centre, FNV, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), as well as key trade unions from the global South, including the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) of Trinidad and Tobago, the Argentinean federation CTA-A, and SENTRO, a union federation in The Philippines.

The full Programme is available here:

The Agenda for the meeting on 4 November is available here:

For additional information, please contact:

  • English:
  • David Boys, Deputy General Secretary, PSI, +33 6 0709 2647
  • Sean Sweeney, Coordinator, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, +1 917 886 1419
  • French:
  • Karine Granger, Energy Advisor, FNME-CGT, +33 6 0869 9991