Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 28 – September-October 2020
The Greener Jobs Alliance was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to green the whole economy. The transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy can drive sustainable economic recovery and job creation in every part of the country as well as making existing jobs more secure. But this requires a more strategic national and local approach to deliver the workforce skills needed and to stimulate demand for clean energy and energy efficiency services.
The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises at a national and local level to build the broadest possible support for the policies, investment, partnerships and commitments needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.
The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises with training bodies, colleges, universities, employers, local and national government, trade unions, housing associations, campaign and community groups – to build the policies, investment and partnerships needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.
The GJA runs a number of ‘free’ courses on the environment for Trade Union Reps in different parts of the UK which have been attended by a number of CWU Reps.
The GJA came into existence as a result of funding from Battersea and Wandsworth TUC.
The GJA Newsletter editor is Graham Petersen, also the GJA Secretary. Graham is well known to the CWU and has a long standing working relationship with the Union. He is a former TUC Tutor and Course Designer who created Safety Reps training courses. He was the head of the Trade Union Studies Centre at South Thames College before retirement from the post.
Newsletter 28 looks at the new calls from both the TUC and the CBI, urging the government to invest now to create over a million new green jobs in response to rising unemployment and the COVID-19 crisis. As the Tories’ ‘furlough scheme’ comes to an end, the TUC is calling for a new Job Protection and Upskilling Plan. New support for businesses must come with strings attached, Trade Unions say, to promote decent work, protect jobs and give union rights. Meanwhile, the CBI, the employers’ organisation, says we face “two seemingly separate yet fundamental problems: Covid-19 – the biggest health crisis in living memory – and climate change, the defining challenge of the modern era.” Manufacturing and retail employers have made massive redundancies – 9,000 at Rolls Royce, 7,000 at M&S. The GJA reports that Germany, France and Italy have already invested billions in green jobs and skills – but not the ‘bumbling’ UK Johnson-led Tory Government!
The Newsletter also reports on the first UK-wide ‘citizens’ assembly on climate change’which has published its final report on 10 September. It set out a clear, internally consistent and timely path for how the UK can reach its legally binding target of ‘net zero emissions by 2050.’
GJA Newsletter No 28 Attached – Contents:
- Editorial: When will this government see the green light?
- TUC’s virtual Congress backs green new deal
- Voice and Place: TUC plan for net zero
- Global Day of Climate Action: September 25th
- Fight rising Air Pollution
- GJA backs local climate campaigning
- CBI calls for ‘green recovery roadmap’
- Training lessons from Canada
- £3 billion of lucrative wind turbine contract go overseas
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer