Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 39 – July/August 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.
In this edition Paul Atkin in his editorial argues that it’s more and more apparent that the labour and trade union movement has to step up, not just to get a voice in the green transition, but to try to make sure that we have one at all. This latest GJA Newsletter aims to be a tool to help activists do just that Paul states. Issue 39 has reports on models of transition bodies in local authorities in the North East and Oxford; and stresses the need for union involvement. The recent GJA Newsletter special edition “getting the union voice heard” provides activists with a set of questions for local authorities; which local unions can use to begin to get into the room – or even the zoom- where it happens. Paul urges TU’s to use this material in Unions and with others locally, and in trades councils to make a joint approach to LAs. The North East project looks like a good model for engaging and mobilising communities around transition that could be adopted elsewhere.
See attached copy of the GJA Newsletter No.39 for July/August 2022.
Contents GJA Newsletter 39:
- Use this Newsletter
- Tories go off the rails
- TUC – Future proof our schools
- Overcoming Just Transition barriers in the North East
- Unions need consulting on climate policies
- Offshore workers have the solutions for energy transition
- It don’t have to be this way
- A zero-carbon construction industry must be inclusive
- Oxford Zero Carbon Partnership
- ITUC Advocacy demands just out
- TUC warns of Egyptian Government Greenwash
Union Conference Round Up
- UCU, UNISON, GMB
- GJA at Glastonbury
- Car Free July
- STATS & graphic of the month
Quote of the Month:
“No progressive vision of society can be built on the fossil economy because the fossil economy is death”
(Gustavo Petro, Newly elected President of Columbia)
- GJA-Newsletter-39-July/August 2022
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer