Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022:


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 with details published in the newsletter.

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 last year and has handed over to Paul Atkin as newsletter editor and Tahir Latif as GJA Secretary. Graham remains a GJA Steering Group member and is now working part time for the Wales TUC having recently written a publication for them ‘Greener workplaces for a just transition – a Wales TUC toolkit for trade unionists’ which was circulated by the CWU Health, Safety and Environment Department.

See attached copy of the GJA Newsletter No.38 for May 2022

In this Newsletter the GJA editor Paul Atkin’s Editorial is entitled “Four answers to the energy and climate crises” and Paul writes about the “post pandemic” rapidly increasing costs of fossil fuels, the impact of the war in Ukraine and sanctions which will worsen and drive mass discontent, really hitting home with further price rises. All this now exposing holes in the Government’s climate change strategy for onshore wind generation turbines being blocked by local planning rules and those protecting fossil fuel interests!  Broad Green campaigns are therefore imperative in highlighting to communities both the benefit cutting emissions and the prospect of lower energy bills in exchange for proximity! adds Paul. He also interestingly covers insulation programmes, the role of heat pumps, green hydrogen and the role of the private sector and public ownership, windfall tax support and green investment.

Contents GJA Newsletter 38:

  1. Editorial: Four answers to the energy and climate crises.
  2. Green Skills confusion continues.
  3. NEU Declares Code Red.
  4. DFE Walking with Dinosaurs.
  5. US Women’s Construction delegation to London in June.
  6. Canadian Building Trades Conference.
  7. Lucas type plan at Rolls Royce?
  8. Lucas Plan historical note.
  9. It don’t have to be this way. Shanghai LA Green Corridor.
  10. Forgive us our Trespasses?
  11. GJA Activities Round up.
  12. Green Bites.

Quote of the Month: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us” (Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations)


  • GJA-Newsletter-38-May 2022

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB231 Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022


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