Unite for Affordable Energy protest
The first action taken by Unite for a Workers Economy was held in Glasgow outside Scottish Power HQ on Friday 30 September. This protest was sparked by unfettered profiteering in our energy markets symptomatic of the broken economy that only works in the favour of the richest in society.
- In first six months of 2022 Scottish Power made £924.6 million in profit
- Scottish Power has handed over nearly £7bn in dividends to its foreign owners since being taken over 14 years ago
- The “Big 4” energy providers (Centrica, E.ON, EDF and Scottish Power) made combined £9.5 billion profit in 2021, up 84% on 2019
During the build-up of this campaign, Unite commissioned a survey from Survation to learn about the difficulties facing communities during the current crisis. This survey found that within the wider Glasgow area:
- Almost a quarter, 24% or 152,553 residents in the Glasgow seats polled are living in food poverty.
- 177,979 or (28%) of residents in Glasgow constituencies have either gone into debt or increased their levels of debt in order to meet the increased cost of grocery items.
- 82,633 (13%) of residents in the seats are not able to pay their household bills this year.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The economy does not work for workers and their families. Britain’s real crisis isn’t rising prices, it’s an epidemic of unfettered profiteering. This is why we need to build power in our workplaces and simultaneously organise in our communities. Unite will establish permanent bases on the ground in Glasgow to work with workers. Unite is driving a UK-wide strategy to help bring change to ‘heartland’ communities.”
Background information to share
- Time to deliver results for the working class where politicians have failed- Thursday 29 September 2022 -Read Unite's Claire Peden writing in the Morning Star on the new initiative from Britain's and Ireland's largest trade union to extend and deepen the class struggle in and beyond the workplace.