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  Politics | Workers to march for rail renationalisation
Bob Crow, the union's general secretary, said renationalisation had the support of the public and that opinion polls showed that between 65% and 72% of people backed the move.
Labour's official policy is committed to renationalisation, the leadership having lost a vote at last year's Brighton conference from the white-collar Transport and Salaried Staff union to bring the train operating companies back into public ownership.
Gordon Brown, the chancellor, has claimed renationalisation would cost £22bn, while the government has already announced that will reprivatise South East trains, which it had to take back in house after Connex were stripped off their franchise by the Strategic Rail Authority.
politics.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,5142243-110247,00.html   (272 words)

 ePolitix.com - Renationalising the railways
If a commitment to renationalisation, as voted for at Labour conference this year, is included in the general election manifesto, the 2005 election may be a marker of the same importance in the UK.
Renationalisation would cost billions of pounds of taxpayers money without a single new train being ordered or piece of track replaced.
The one point that Mr Meacher, and others calling for the renationalisation of the railways, doesn't address is whether it would be compatible with EU law.
www.epolitix.com /EN/ForumBriefs/200411/80458042-3da0-41c1-b09f-18de54c62b29.htm   (2418 words)

 Dáil Éireann - Volume 501 - 24 February, 1999 - Written Answers. - Market Renationalisation.
Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the steps, if any, he has taken to prevent EU states from renationalising their own beef and sheep markets using the country of origin labelling system; if this matter will be raised during the Agenda 2000 talks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
This renationalisation has been reinforced by the EU labelling regulation which came into force for fresh and frozen beef in all member states last year.
I have emphasised that the effects of the proposals for reform of the beef sector, as presented under Agenda 2000, must be assessed for Ireland in the context of an EU market where renationalisation has become a reality.
www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie /D/0501/D.0501.199902240083.html   (451 words)

 Evatt Foundation: News: Telstra must divest - 05 August 2002
The first is that, in her substantive discussion, the ownership of Telstra is not mentioned, except for the acknowledgement that "a decade of policies of market liberalisation and, subsequently, privatisation have seriously compromised Telstra's capacity to perform the role it did under the period of monopoly public ownership".
The natural inference is that Eason supports the status quo - 51 per cent public ownership - or at least that she prefers it to the feasible alternatives of full privatisation or renationalisation combined with restructuring.
But a natural implication of renationalisation and restructuring would be the acquisition by Telstra of the Optus HFC network, a white elephant which SingTel would gladly ditch.
evatt.labor.net.au /news/75.html   (1014 words)

 Christian Wolmar :: Rail 498, October 13 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The debate on renationalisation of the railways at the Labour party conference was a perfect illustration of the way that politicians refuse to debate the real issues and how set-pieces between right and left leave the general public none the wiser.
The debate on renationalisation of the railways was a genuine opportunity for a proper discussion of an important issue.
However, the SRA steadfastly refuses to countenance the notion that it should stay in the public sector, arguing that this was not allowed under its objectives and guidance (which are set and changed by ministers).
www.christianwolmar.co.uk /rail/498.shtml   (1425 words)

 EUbusiness - EU farm policy should be "renationalised": Le Monde   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
A partial renationalisation is the path to follow," the newspaper said.
In France it has been an article of faith since the foundation of the EU that farm policy should be conducted exclusively at the European level, and any talk of "renationalisation" regarded as an unacceptable retreat from the goal of deeper union.
"Renationalisation" would mean member governments agreeing to take on part of the cost currently borne by the central Brussels budget.
www.eubusiness.com /Agri/050623123314.w1pjwl2y   (560 words)

 Weekly Worker 361 Thursday November 23 2000
The rail unions have also been unusually quiet at a time when the public would be extremely receptive to any campaign for renationalisation and putting safety before profit.
That is why we complement our demand for renationalisation with the call for workers to take action themselves.
At a meeting in Manchester called by the local RMT on November 11 a campaign was launched for renationalisation.
www.cpgb.org.uk /worker/361/safety.html   (461 words)

 Back-door renationalisation of British Energy well under way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
City analysts described the deal as renationalisation by stealth, and BE's battered shares immediately lost more than half their remaining value, dropping 9.5p to 7.5p.
Mark Durling, energy analyst at Brewin Dolphin, said: "It is the renationalisation of British Energy, but done privately." Brian Wilson, energy minister, described it as "a private sector restructuring".
His appointment has added to City suspicions that the deal has been structured to effectively renationalise the utility, which was sold by the government to private shareholders for (pounds) 1.4bn in 1996.
www.electricityforum.com /news/may03/renationalisation.html   (581 words)

 The Great Gold Rush: How to Fight the Privatisation Bonanza
Whilst the privatisations of the 1980s have proved to be disastrous for working people - like BT and the utilities - the privatisations of the 1990s have struck at the very heart of-public services.
Many campaigns have been conducted at local level against the effect of this or that privatisation, PFI hospital etc. Such is the mood of anger over the state of the railways that were there to be another disaster along the lines of Hatfield or Paddington then a national revolt would develop.
We call for this renationalisation to be under democratic workers' control and management, as part of a socialist planned economy.
www.socialistparty.org.uk /pamphlets/goldrush/socialist.htm   (646 words)

 Weekly Worker - paper of the Communist Party of Great Britain
This Saturday is an opportunity not just for the Socialist Alliance to be seen out and about with our petitions, but also to put the case and agitate for a solution to the rail crisis in the interests of the working class.
But the fact that elements of the formerly ultra-on-message Tory media are prepared to advocate the idea testifies to the mood which has convinced significant sections of the ruling class that privatisation has become a liability from their own standpoint.
The Blair government, in the meantime, is standing firm against renationalisation, moaning about the cost of compensating the shareholders of Railtrack and the train operating companies - with a figure of £5 billion being bandied around.
www.cpgb.org.uk /worker/368/rail.htm   (1500 words)

 What Role for Member States in the Reform of European Development Cooperation?
One example is the threat of renationalisation back to Member States, which seems to be a ‘sword of Damocles’ hanging over Community cooperation.
Renationalisation would not lead to the greater independence or autonomy of bilateral assistance programmes, but would in fact hamper the coordination of European cooperation.
Against the background of the crisis in European assistance and the debates on the risks of the ‘renationalisation’ of Community aid, the internal agreement on the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) (adopted in June 2000) sets out the mechanism for co-financing.
www.ecdpm.org /Web_ECDPM/Web/Content/Content.nsf/0/15D046632F89984DC1256C80004B1F73   (2651 words)

 SER - Sociaal-Economische Raad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The European Commission has done well to be cautious about financial renationalisation, as it is the unity of the internal market which is at stake.
The determining factors for financial renationalisation should be the possibility of achieving efficiency gains, increasing the effectiveness of policy and making the system less susceptible to fraud.
Financial renationalisation makes it possible to tailor the amount of income support to local circumstances and views on what a reasonable income is. Financial renationalisation can also facilitate the accession of the candidate Member States to the CAP.
www.ser.nl /zoek?desc=1998_04_4   (1633 words)

 Telegraph | Money | How Whitehall weighed Railtrack options
For renationalisation, this would primarily entail "cost: on current share price, £4.7billion".
The case comes to court on June 27 and the shareholders are already armed with documents where Government officials talk of finding a "trigger to insolvency that we decisively pull".
The Government's calculation that renationalisation would cost it £4.7billion may also help the shareholders' case that the £500m they received was too little.
www.telegraph.co.uk /money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2005/06/09/cnrail09.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/06/09/ixportal.html   (561 words)

 americas.org - Lavagna rules out a return to 'populist' Argentine policies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Roberto Lavagna, Argen-tina's economy minister, has rejected renationalisation of privatised utilities and what he called '70s-style populist policies.
The minister's comments opposing renationalisation and acknowledging the need for fresh capital may help calm tensions in the troubled energy sector.
Privatised utilities, which face public hearings over new contracts with the government in less than a month, are furious with the government because they have been prevented from increasing prices.
www.americas.org /item_18793   (675 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Rail buy-out too costly for government
The determination not to renationalise will disappoint an unlikely alliance of campaigners, from Labour activists to rightwing commentators who see a return to state ownership as a route to improving Britain's ailing rail network.
Mick Rix, general secretary of the rail union Aslef, raised the issue of renationalisation at the transport session of Labour's policy forum on Saturday.
The transport secretary, Stephen Byers, is understood to have told the meeting that, although he had asked officials to examine renationalisation as part of a survey of all options for the railway, it had emerged that the Human Rights Act would mean shares could not be bought by the government at their current low value.
www.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,3604,529492,00.html   (605 words)

 Seanad Debates - Official Report 19-2-98
Unfortunately the beef sector is continuing to suffer from the negative impact of the 1996 BSE scares.
This impact is evident both in the level in beef consumption in the EU and in the renationalisation of the beef market in the European Union.
A combination of market renationalisation - a consequence of the BSE scare - and the progressive liberalisation of world trade present a major marketing challenge to the Irish beef industry.
www.irlgov.ie /debates-98/s19feb98/sect2.htm   (15797 words)

 Industry News - Labour lose vote on renationalisation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Alistair Darling has said that the total cost of renationalisation would be in the region of £22 billion and is philosophically opposed to the measures.
However, some union members are adamant that renationalisation is the right course of action.
Gerry Docherty, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staff's Association, said that rail privatisation was "one of the most blatant barefaced robberies ever perpetrated on the nation by the Tories at the fag end of its discredited life".
www.serco.com /media/industrynews/ItemPage.asp?ItemID=3484322   (229 words)

 Government.nl - 'Cracks, not splits, in UN, NATO and EU'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Second, the Minister refers to a trend toward the renationalisation of foreign policy, with countries placing less emphasis on shared transatlantic and European interests.
Europe must appreciate that it is impossible to create an international order without the United States, that it is important not to exaggerate differences of opinion, and that Europe must continue its 'concrete and constructive' efforts to develop a common European foreign and security policy.
For the Netherlands, the new uncertainties surrounding the positions adopted by a number of major countries and the trend towards the renationalisation of international policy mean that relations with other countries will loom larger in Dutch foreign policy.
www.government.nl /actueel/nieuwsarchief/2003/04April/03/42_15657.jsp?ComponentID=15657&SourcePageID=15190   (447 words)

The first element of the case for renationalisation is the observation that Telstra's current ownership structure, with the government owning a bare majority of shares and the rest in private hands is untenable.
As Peter Costello observed three years ago 'Telstra should all be either privately owned, or if people really think that nationalisation and government ownership is necessary they ought to have the courage of their convictions and nationalise it'.
The third point in the case for renationalisation is that the core components of Telstra are worth more in public ownership than in private ownership.
www.uq.edu.au /economics/johnquiggin/news/Telstra0212.html   (807 words)

 icScotland - Union vow on rail renationalisation
Union leaders have pledged to press ahead with plans to commit Labour to support the renationalisation of the railways even though it could embarrass the Prime Minister.
The move will be made at the party's annual conference in Brighton later this month and is set to receive strong support from delegates.
The call to renationalise the railways was defeated at this summer's meeting of Labour's national policy forum in Warwick, but there was enough support for the issue to be discussed at the party's annual conference.
icscotland.icnetwork.co.uk /news/uk/today/tm_objectid=14654216%26method=full%26siteid=50141%26headline=union%2dvow%2don%2drail%2drenationalisation-name_page.html   (287 words)

 John Quiggin: More renationalisation
The Telegraph reports a public ownership plan for failing British Energy, the nuclear electricity generator privatised by Thatcher.
As yet renationalisation is primarily a device for picking up the pieces when privatisation has manifestly failed, but we can expect more aggressive action now that the taboo has been broken.
And already the notion of privatisation as the inevitable wave of the future (taken as gospel only five years ago) is as dated as dialectical materialism.
pandora.nla.gov.au /pan/34532/20031024/mentalspace.ranters.net/quiggin/archives/000294.html   (95 words)

 Guardian | Creeping renationalisation puts brake on operators
This morning's announcement that Network Rail is taking all of Britain's track maintenance in-house is part of a subtle, long-term shift in control of the railways dubbed "creeping renationalisation" by many in the industry.
Network Rail is likely to try to complete the shakeup by the end of next year, although renewals will remain in private hands.
The government is likely to insist today that it has no desire to renationalise the railways and that Network Rail's changes are largely intended to save money.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4781613-103685,00.html   (689 words)

 Comment Maintenance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Rail renationalisation: Need to work with the system we`ve got
Support for renationalisation has been expressed by delegates at the Labour Party Conference.
Renationalisation is unlikely to happen, at least for the foreseeable future, and we have to work within the system we have.
www.transport2000.org.uk /news/maintainComments.asp?CommentID=58   (108 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Unions call for complete rail renationalisation
Union leaders today condemned the government for bailing out the "lame duck" of British Energy while failing to renationalise the "white swans" of the rail industry.
Delegates unanimously passed a motion welcoming the establishment of the not-for-profit Network Rail as a successor to the troubled Railtrack company as a "step towards complete renationalisation of the former British Rail and the objective of a publicly owned, publicly accountable railway industry".
The debate came on the day when new figures showed train punctuality is continuing to improve but is still at a significantly lower level than before the crash at Hatfield in October 2000.
politics.guardian.co.uk /unions/story/0,12189,790835,00.html   (559 words)

 Russian London / Endgame nears as Russia\'s Yukos faces renationalisation /
In this scenario, the process of Yukos' destruction will cause no worse than temporary downdrafts in the wider market," a circular from UFG said, adding that it appeared to be a "one-off political project" linked to President Vladimir Putin's persecution of the jailed former Yukos chairman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The two UFG analysts, Christopher Granville and Stephen O'Sullivan, said it was unlikely that any attempt would be made to stop the de facto renationalisation of Yukos through the sale of its main asset to a state-owned business such as Gazprom.
They said that any rival domestic bidder could be deemed to be in league with Mr Khodorkovsky while foreign buyers would be deterred from making an offer because of the legal risks of taking part in such a "dubious transaction".
www.russianlondon.com /print/22439   (539 words)

 Tranz Rail: For whom the takeover tolls
At least a partial renationalisation of Tranz Rail looked to be very much on the cards, with renewed State ownership of the national track network being the highest priority.
So the Government backed away from an effective renationalisation (or part-renationalisation) of the whole railways, settling for a complete renationalisation of the track, which had always been its primary goal.
So, instead of a renationalisation of railways, it became a version of public–private partnership (or PPP, which is one of the fashionable means of semi-privatisation employed around the world).
www.converge.org.nz /watchdog/05/04.htm   (3543 words)

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