Public ownership

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We warmly welcome the commitments in the 2017 Labour Manifesto to bring into public ownership the railways and water. The experience of privatisation has clearly demonstrated that our essential public services have been badly run when out of public ownership and control, with higher prices, less investment, worse levels of services and a massive extraction of profit to fill the pockets of private shareholders.

UNITE is committed to this policy of renationalisation and calls on Labour to develop a wider remit of bringing energy back into public hands, and allowing councils to bring local bus services, housing, council works departments, refuse and recycling services and other privatised services back in house.

Conference calls on UNITE to ensure Labour’s Manifesto also includes strong safeguards for all workers employed in these sectors to ensure that transfer back in to the public sector fully protects wages and conditions including pensions of these workers.