Issue date
11 Jun 2019

Commenting on the government’s announcement this evening (Tuesday) of plans for a legal target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“We now need a fair and robust plan to get there that everyone can get behind. That means government, business and trade unions working together on a ‘just transition’.

“Working people must have a say through transition agreements in their workplaces. And there must be a guaranteed path to high-quality work in a green economy for anyone whose job may be at risk.”

Editors note

- The Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change included a commitment to a ‘just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs’. As of May 2019, the agreement has been signed by 194 states including the UK.