embargo : immediate release
Attention: Newsdesks, Business, Environment and Social Affairs Correspondents
Wales TUC says transport is key to achieving Wales's economic, environmental and social objectives
At a major Wales TUC event on transport in Wales tomorrow (Tuesday), Wales TUC General Secretary Felicity Williams will say that transport is key to achieving Wales's economic, environmental and social objectives.
'A g ood transport system is crucially important for business competitiveness and to help workers access jobs.
'Transport is also currently the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases accounting for approximately 25% of all UK carbon emissions, the vast majority of which are currently produced by road transport. An affordable and accessible public transport network is required if we are to reverse this trend.
'The Wales TUC welcomes the fact that transport has been further devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government allowing transport policy and spending to dovetail with priorities for Wales. The conference will enable workers in the transport sector to contribute to the Assembly's transport thinking.'
The conference will debate the key transport issues facing Wales today. Speakers at the conference are:
o Andrew Davies AM, Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks
o Felicity Williams, Wales TUC General Secretary
o Andy Richards, Wales Regional Secretary, TGWU (chair)
o Paul Noon, General Secretary of Prospect union and Chair of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee
o John Pockett, Director of the Confederation of Passenger Transport Wales
o Manuel Cortes, Assistant General Secretary, TSSA
o Steve Kennedy, Business Advisor Wales, Go Skills.
Notes to Editors
- The Wales TUC Conference on Transport in Wales' takes place on Tuesday 6th March 2007 from 9am 1pm at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
- The event is free of charge and the media are welcome to attend.
Media enquiries :
Derek Walker T: 029 2034 7010; M: 078877 97158; E: [email protected]
Issued: 5 March, 2007