SAEN: Economic development is not possible without energy or workers. First Work- creating a baseline for action.

In 2011 Trade Union representatives and Shop Stewards from electricity generating companies of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries formed in Johannesburg with the assistance of FES and their global union ICEM (International Chemical, Energy and Mine Workers’ Federation which became later in 2012 after a merger with other global unions IndustriALL) the Southern African Energy Network (SAEN). The SAEN Network has the intention to influence the regional and national energy policies in the SADC region and countries from a worker’s and Trade Union point of view. For the network it was therefore necessary to have as much as possible information on the companies generating electricity in the region as well as the unions to make organizing more efficient and to have a better base for their negotiations with the companies to improve terms and conditions of employment. The information should also be used by the Network as an input to develop Trade Union strategies with regard to the national electricity providers and their regional institutions like the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). For this reason it was decided to set up a data base on these electricity companies and its unions. The data base was completed last year and it is expected to go online by the middle of this year (please see www.fes-southafrica.org click TU Competence Centre and then click under data base). The data base was designed and implemented by the Labour Research Service (LRS) from Cape Town which is a long standing partner of FES and the national and regional Trade Union movement. One result of the work on the data base was a comprehensive report by LRS on SAEN and the electricity companies and its unions in the SADC region. The complete report can also be read on FES website (under www.fes-southafrica.org, click TU Competence Centre, click then under publications).

The publication in hand is a summary of the major findings of the comprehensive report and the major challenges ahead of the SAEN-Network. It should give first-hand information to workers, Shop Stewards and Trade Unionists as well as representatives of IndustriALL and should be a sound base for the further strengthening of the Network and their participation in defining the energy policy in the region. We trust that this publication will be of great value in pursuing these objectives.

Labour Research Service. (2014).   SAEN: Economic development is not possible without energy or workers. First Work- creating a baseline for action. Southern Africa Energy Network (SAEN). Cape Town. FES/LRS

Labour Research Service. (2014).   SAEN: Economic development is not possible without energy or workers. First Work- creating a baseline for action (French version). Southern Africa Energy Network (SAEN). Cape Town. FES/LRS

Labour Research Service. (2014).   SAEN: Economic development is not possible without energy or workers. First Work- creating a baseline for action (Portuguese vesion). Southern Africa Energy Network (SAEN). Cape Town. FES/LRS