Markets Don’t Deliver Just Transitions with Sean Sweeney of TUED

Sean Sweeney, coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, speaks at the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) conference.

It’s time for a Just Transition, moving to a modern zero-carbon economy in ways which protect workers’ livelihoods, create a new industrial base and deliver a fairer Scotland. Action is urgently needed to avert the climate crisis and to re-balance the economy to one which provides enough decent jobs making things in clean ways.

Plans for this transition so far have not been ambitious enough and progress has been slow. There has been little planning to ensure the protection of the people most affected, in particular those who work in sectors reliant on fossil fuels. Workers should be able to redeploy to new sectors and opportunities for retraining must be expanded.

Action to stop greenhouse gas emissions can create good jobs and improve everyone’s lives. But, done wrongly, it could instead entrench trends towards precarious work and economic inequality, while risking a backlash against climate action. Justice has to be built in – a just transition is essential.

Our conference in February about why public ownership of energy production and infrastructure is an essential part of any plans to hit climate change targets.

The Scottish Government is consulting on its new Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan. There is a large gap where it should have explained what public actions are needed to ensure change at the pace and scale needed.

This event heard how the privatised energy system is giving us fuel poverty, soaring energy prices and profits; and failing to deliver a Just Transition; and looked at publicly-owned solutions in key sectors, from local to national levels.


Roz Foyer, Scottish Trade Union Congress

Mary Church, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Craig Dalzell, Common Weal

Richard Hardy, Prospect trade union

Katie Gallogly-Swan, member of Just Transition Commission

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Más de 70 líderes sindicales se reunieron en Nairobi para el lanzamiento de TUED Sur, una nueva plataforma sindical con un enfoque de "Vía Pública" para una transición energética justa en el Sur Global.La reunión sentó las bases de una plataforma sindical liderada por el Sur que se centrará en cómo fortalecer la alternativa de la vía pública a la agenda de "privatizar para descarbonizar" del G7, el FMI y el Banco Mundial.

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