UK Uncut targets big six energy companies

The activists behind high profile campaigns against tax avoidance and welfare cuts have set their sights on energy suppliers.

UK Uncut, a movement best known for staging a sit-in at luxury grocer Fortnum & Mason, is planning an “outrageous, creative and inclusive” protest later this month.

On 26 November, it will target the centralLondonheadquarters of “one of the main energy robbers driving fuel poverty”, according to its Facebook page.

Going by the hashtag #justicenotjumpers, the joint campaign with Fuel Poverty Action, the Greater London Pensioners’ Association and Disabled People Against Cuts aims to highlight fuel poverty deaths.

Campaigners tweeted the event to major energy suppliers earlier this week, saying: “Hi @[big six company], it’s starting to get bloody cold out here. Got got some jumpers we could borrow? Kind regards X”

The group’s call to action read: “As the Big Six energy companies hike up prices we are told the only answer is to put on a jumper, leaving millions of us to choose between heating and eating. While the energy companies spread the lie that ‘green taxes’ are to blame, we know that the real problem is the privatisation of our energy for profit and the skyrocketing cost of dirty fossil fuels.

“So bring your kids, neighbours, grandparents, your warmest jumper and your latest energy bill — and come join the fightback for the alternatives: warm, insulated homes and clean, affordable energy. It’s time to bring down the Big Six and put power back in people’s hands.”

UK Uncut is a network started in October 2010 to take on businesses it believed to be avoiding taxes. Members occupied high street branches of Vodafone, Topshop and Starbucks, which were later called to account by MPs. They have also targeted banks perceived to be responsible for the financial crash.