The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Energy Restrictions on Ordinary People

Sep 12, 2022

This article is translated from the September 9 issue #2823 of Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group of that name active in France.

Germany’s Minister of Economy and Climate Robert Habeck, a member of the Greens, is implementing energy-saving measures.

One decree outlaws lighted advertisements and lighting of buildings at night. Also, it caps heat in working areas of public buildings except hospitals at 66 degrees—54 degrees where workers do “intensive physical” work. Heat is to be turned off in lobbies, hallways, and other common areas. And there will be no hot water for washing your hands! Hot water has already been shut off in some sports facilities, and even in schools.

For the working classes, legal restrictions on using heat at work and at school will add to the de-facto restrictions that inflation will impose on them at home. The surge in gas prices is expected to add on thousand dollars per year to the cost of living per family.

The only ones who won’t pay are the energy trusts and other big corporations.