Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 31 – March-April 2021
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 founder GJA Secretary and Newsletter editor was Graham Petersen who 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 and the successful TUC Occupational Health & Safety Diploma Course. He was the head of the Trade Union Studies Centre at South Thames College before retirement from the post and has been a visitor and guest speaker at CWU events and meetings. After 30 Editions, Graham stood down at the GJA AGM on 2 February and has handed over to Paul Atkin as newsletter editor and Tahir Latif as GJA Secretary. Graham remains a GJA Steering Group member. The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department would like to thank Graham for his excellent and dedicated work and input over the years on health, safety & environmental issues and campaigning and we wish him and his successors well in the future.
A copy of the GJA Newsletter No. 31 is attached.
Newsletter 31 looks at:
- Green Jobs – the failings of the budget – the FOE Apprenticeship Report – Parliamentary inquiry and GND campaign,
- Introduction to the new TUC officers for industry and climate and a model for training on organising for just transition in workplaces from the Wales TUC,
- Debating points on Net Zero v Zero Carbon, Climate jobs vs Green jobs and airport expansion,
- Links to studies on clean air and low emissions zone regulations,
- A roadmap to the COP (annual UN climate change conference). COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and the summit will be attended by the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994).
Contents of GJA Newsletter No 31:
- Editorial: Budget. Where are the Green Jobs?
- Green Jobs and Skills
- TUC appoints Policy Officers for Industry and Climate
- Fight the Fire Book Review
- Challenging bad air inside and outside the workplace
- Leeds Bradford Airport: Fight the expansion
- New resource – Greener workplaces for a just transition
- The Roadmap to the COP
- GJA AGM
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer