‘Voice and place: how to plan fair and successful paths to net zero emissions’ is based on research in five UK nations and regions that draws on the expertise of local union reps on the challenges and opportunities in their area.
The results are presented as a series of case studies with contributions from reps across the North East, and further recommendations for regional and national policy.
A North East Green Jobs Strategy
The report calls for a North East specific strategy to unlock 30,000 jobs focusing on boosting the lagging construction sector, investing in infrastructure, and boosting research and development into battery technology.
Supporting emerging Carbon Capture Industries on Teesside and electric car manufacturing in Sunderland presents the region with an opportunity to transition to a green economy and boost workers pay at the end of the month.
During the 1980’s workers in coal mining and ship building had no say in a transition towards more service-oriented jobs. That failure by the then Conservative Government left deep long-term scars on families in the region.
That mistake must not be made again. Companies should make Transition Agreements with unions covering job security, re-training, re-deployment and the protection of decent term and conditions.
Unions, Business and Government
The furlough scheme which saved almost 9 million jobs has shown the value of governments listening to trade union members.
That is why we need a regional and national recovery panel made up of local government, unions, employers, Job Centre Plus and civic partners, working together to recover from the pandemic and to draft plans to reach net zero that can achieve strong public support.
What this report shows is that there are 30,000 green jobs ready to be created if government are willing to invest in the North East.
That means extra money on our local highstreets – better local transport infrastructure and long overdue investment in our schools and hospitals.
The last six months have been difficult for many of us but we have an opportunity to learn lessons about the economy and change the way we do things going forward.
We can do this by tapping into the expertise and good sense of our trade unions reps and workers by putting them at the heart of this recovery and a transition to a green economy.
Notes to editors:
- New regional data on green job creation: In tandem with today’s report, the TUC is publishing a new regional breakdown of more than 1.2 million green jobs that could be created by fast-tracking infrastructure projects. The information can be found here:
- About the TUC: The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
Notes to editors:
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
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