STURN Public Ownership Conference

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How can public ownership address the challenges of our time?

The UCU has now called a strike day on 26 February. To show support and solidarity for the strike the public ownership conference will now not go ahead on the 26 February.

We are planning to re-schedule the event for Tuesday 12 May. More than a hundred people had registered for the event which we believe will be an important contribution to the debate in Scotland.

We hope that the programme for the new event will be as similar as possible to that prevously planned (below)

Those who had registered for the event will remain registered for the new event. To register or to cancel your place, please go here


Tues, 12 May 2020 09:30 – 16:00 GMT

Renfield St Stephens 260 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JP

09:30-10:00 Registration & coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introductory remarks, Helen Martin, STUC

10:15-11:30 Opening plenary: Key challenges which public ownership seeks to address

Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economy Alliance, on the failure of our current economic model

Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, on climate change and the need for public ownership solutions

Daniel Chavez, Transnational Institute, on lessons from Latin America

ST, the Swedish union of civil servants, on Sweden's experience of publicly owned infrastructure companies (tbc)

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 Sessions (three sessions will run concurrently)

Making the case for public ownership: care, climate and municipal socialism

Dave Watson on municipal socialism

Vivek Kotecha, CHPI, on ownership and profit in private social care

Franziska Paul, University of Glasgow, on ‘trade union environmentalism’ and trends towards (re)municipalisation

Chair: Jennifer McCarey, Glasgow Trades Council

Ownership, the economy and industrial strategy

John Foster on ownership of Scottish companies

Vera Weghmann, PSIRU, on public companies and ownership models across Europe

Ewan Gibbs, UWS, and Jim Phillips, University of Glasgow, on lessons from coalboard nationalisation

Chair: Jackson Cullinane, Unite the Union

Ownership and communities: democratising places and spaces

Elaine Todd and Deborah Shipton, NHS Health Scotland, on ownership models in North Ayrshire

Cate Atwater, Community Leisure UK, on charitable trust models of public provision

Joe Guinan, Democracy Collaborative, on community wealth building

Chair: Dave Moxham, STUC

13:15-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Making public ownership a reality: future opportunities

Laurie Macfarlane, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, on the Scottish National Investment Bank

Jeanette Findlay and Dania Thomas, University of Glasgow, on competitive tendering and ferries in post-brexit Scotland

Mathew Lawrence, Commonwealth, on broadband infrastructure

Chair: Pauline Rourke, Communication Workers Union (tbc)

15:15-16:00 Making public ownership a reality: political strategy and organising

Cat Hobbes, We Own It

Jackson Cullinane, Unite the Union

Jennifer McCarey, Glasgow Trades Council

Dave Moxham, STUC

Pauline Rourke, Communication Workers Union (tbc)

Roz Foyer, Unite the Union (tbc)

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