New PCS pamphlet: Just Transition and Energy Democracy
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has published today a pamphlet outlining the case for a just transition to a 100% renewable energy economy and energy democracy from the perspective of a civil service trade union, based on public ownership and democratic control of energy that provides an opportunity to re-vision and rebuild our public services for people not profit.
PCS is developing a programme to distribute the pamphlet across the union, including holding meetings with reps and members to take forward its demands. If you are a PCS member and would like copies of the pamphlet, are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved in promoting and discussing these ideas, please contact Sam Mason at email@example.com.
The ten main demands for the pamphlet are:
1) Worker involvement through their trade unions in building the public services of the future in a worker-public partnership based on social need and not private greed
2) Statutory rights for workplace environmental reps (WERs)
3) Energy democracy based on the public ownership and democratic control of energy
4) A national plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050
5) All energy, including fossil fuels, reclaimed into public ownership as we transition to a zero carbon economy
6) A commission to look at the regulatory and legal frameworks for establishing models of democratic control and the institutions needed to achieve this at community, regional and central level
7) Direct government intervention to create a National Climate Service and related bodies as articulated in the One Million Climate Jobs campaign
8) An adequately resourced system of tax collection that puts an end to tax avoidance and evasion
9) A just and transformative transition to a zero carbon economy which safeguards workers and their communities livelihoods through social protections and challenges the inequality and injustice of the current system
10) A civil service for people not capital.
Read the full pamphlet here.