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CIVIL servants backed the labour movement’s demand for a windfall tax on the rapidly expanding wealth of energy companies today, saying ministers must “tax the rich.”
Public and Commercial Services (PCS) delegates gathered in Brighton for the union’s 2022 conference overwhelmingly supported a motion which said the cash generated could be used to immediately increase benefits and pensions.
Calls for action to tackle both the cost-of-living crisis and the need for a “just transition” to renewable energy over the next decade also received enthusiastic support.
Insulating homes to a higher standard and renationalising the energy sector are essential to achieving that aim, delegates in the Brighton Centre heard.
Kate Douglas from the union’s Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire branch said: “As the wealthy get rich at the expense of the planet, we need to tax them to help those who have to choose between heating and eating as quickly as possible.
“Let’s use the money to plan for the future and invest in sustainable, renewable energy.
“Don’t be a fossil fool — tax the rich.”
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