Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) is a global, multi-sector initiative representing 66 of unions/federations in 20 countries to advance democratic control of energy as a path to halting the climate crisis, energy poverty, the degradation of both land and people, and protecting workers’ rights and well-being.

It has become increasingly clear that the transition to an equitable, sustainable energy system can only occur if there is decisive shift in power toward workers, communities, and the public. The goals of the project are to:

  • Build and strengthen a global trade union community for energy democracy. TUED is a platform for trade unions from all sectors and countries to debate, develop, and promote real solutions to the climate crisis, land grabs, energy poverty, and pollution generated by fossil fuels — solutions that can build unions, worker and community power, and advance social and environmental justice.
  • Develop high-impact union educational materials, distribute an electronic bulletin, and convene meetings and working retreats that encourage debate and help create a shared analysis of key energy and climate issues.
  • Connect the energy democracy agenda to union struggles and campaigns in ways that build broad membership engagement, increase worker power, and facilitate solidarity across movements that share similar goals.

Working Papers

TUED’s series of Working Papers provide information and analysis concerning the scientific, economic, ecological, policy and political realities, and the strategic opportunities available to unions to advance the interests of working people and communities.


TUED’s bulletins include news of developments bearing on efforts to confront climate change, as well as summaries of reports and working papers.