TUC is hoping for a just transition in Cancun

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date: 9 December 2010

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The TUC has today (Thursday) urged Environment Secretary Chris Huhne to help deliver a balanced UN climate change treaty in Cancun which balances green and decent jobs alongside business interests.

Speaking as the UN talks in Mexico enter their final days, TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

'A just transition, which ensures that the switch to a greener future doesn't allow the burdens caused by the green change to fall more heavily on the world's poorest and most vulnerable, is vital.

'An agreement reached in Cancun which has these values at its core would ensure that organisations representing working people are part of the biggest economic restructuring of our generation.

'The UK's Committee on Climate Change has recommended a 60 per cent cut in UK emissions by 2030, and urged the EU to aim for a 55 per cent cut by the same time.

'This will mean a truly long-term restructuring for the UK economy, notably in the power supply industries and for high energy users like steel, car making and energy efficiency. That's why a just transition is vital to ensuring working people and unions are fully involved in this process, and that the UK's low carbon future is one with plentiful green jobs being done by a highly skilled workforce.'

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