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 Bulletin 32, Sept 11, 2015
TUED and Climate Jobs Campaigns to Meet in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 13th
 
Everything is Changing:
Trade Union Approaches to Climate Change in Turbulent Times
7:30pm - 9:00pm
invitación y detalles en español
 
Please join us for an open and informal and information-sharing discussion for participants in the No jobs on a dead planet! Trade Union Climate Summit (Sept 14 - 15, program below) and other friends and allies.

Location: CCFD-SIDI, 12 rue Guy de la Brosse 75005 Paris - Rez-de-Chaussee
 
Trade unions are preparing for the COP 21 climate talks and related events in Paris (November 29 - December 12) at a time when the refugee crisis, the rising movement against austerity and inequality, and growing concerns about ecological degradation are changing the face of politics in the EU and around the world.

The Sept 13th meeting will take place the day after the (likely) victory of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK's Labour Party leadership race. Corbyn's victory provides an opportunity for unions to work with others to challenge the dominant "markets and targets" approach to climate. Ideas like climate jobs and social ownership of energy (as well as a greater role for public finance) will probably gain more visibility and popularity. Both can be part of an international trade union approach to climate change that is both transformative and effective.

As we prepare for both the summit and COP21, this discussion will allow for an exchange of views and perspectives on how to develop our work in the period ahead.
 
Convened by activists and leaders involved with Climate Jobs Campaigns and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
 
Please email Sean Sweeney (sweeneygli@gmail.com) or Clara Paillard (clara@pcs.org.uk) if you plan to attend.
 
No jobs on a dead planet! Program: trade_union_climate_summit
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Climate Jobs campaigns and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy will also be holding a full day of discussions, from 11.00 to 17.00 at the same venue; CCFD-SIDI 12 rue Guy de la Brosse 75005 Paris - Ground floor. We will discuss the problems different climate jobs campaigns face, how we can help each other, how TUED and climate jobs can work together, the changing politics of the present moment, COP 21, and what we can do in the coming year. Please join us if you can!

There is a new booklet on GLOBAL CLIMATE JOBS, with contributions from campaigns in Norway, South Africa, New York, Britain and Canada. You can download a version  here  https://globalclimatejobs.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/new-global-climate-jobs-booklet

 A new TUED working paper titled Power to the People: Toward Democratic Control of Electricity Generation shows how “another energy is possible, and absolutely necessary.”  The paper documents how and where energy democracy is expressing itself - and argues that public renewable power can drive the energy revolution the world needs. Union leaders from different sectors have welcomed the report.
Recent Postings:

UK: Is the 'dash for gas' frackturing the labor movement? Within days of the gas union GMB signing a charter with the gas industry to develop fracking, Britain's largest union urges its members to join an anti-fracking demonstration. And public services union leader Chris Baugh challenges the GMB's pro-fracking logic.

Argentina: The Workers Central of Argentina (CTA) works with Mapuche indigenous communities to spread the word about the impacts of drilling shale gas and oil. Excellent documentary with English subtitles (thanks to CTA).
 
South Africa: Largest union NUMSA and allies address the energy crisis, asserts need for public ownership. See statement from meeting in Johannesburg "The crisis calls for a transition to a low-carbon economy and the dismantling of the Minerals-Energy Complex." PDF version here
Need more information about energy democracy or TUED?  Visit our resource page and take a look at our working papers series (y también en español)
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