Trade union delegates to the Yorkshire Climate Summit have today (Wednesday) warned COP26 President Alok Sharma that he is putting progress at risk by neglecting the need for regional commitments to a ‘just transition’.
The Paris Agreement (2015) committed nations to taking account of “the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities”.
But the UK government has failed to devolve the power and funding necessary for Yorkshire’s leaders to take action on climate change. The TUC believes devolving more powers to mayors to enact climate policies should be central to the UK government’s national commitments at COP26.
The union federation welcomed the launch of the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission Action Plan launched today, which has been negotiated between unions, business and local government, as an example of how industry can work together towards Net Zero.
TUC Yorkshire & Humber Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:
“The Glasgow Agreement will be far more credible with just transition at its heart. World leaders need a plan to take home that working people can get behind. A plan that protects jobs, livelihoods and rights every step of the way to net zero.
“Here in Yorkshire, that means government giving mayors more powers to enact regional climate policies, more funding for green infrastructure such as mass transit and buses, and more authority to bring business and unions round the table to negotiate together.
“That is why we welcome the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Action Plan, as an example of unions, business and government working together to agree common climate goals. Where Westminster is failing, we in Yorkshire are leading the way. The only thing holding us back is the need for more powers and funding.”
Gareth Forest (Lewis)
0113 200 1075
TUC national press office
020 7467 1248
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