The TUC’s five key priority policies to deliver new manufacturing and high-tech jobs, based on the evidence set out in this report, are:
• to make more of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) work for manufacturing employment
• to build local eco-systems to deliver employment-rich economic growth
• to offer new skills to those at risk of industrial disruption
• for trade unions to be fully represented on the new Industrial Strategy Council and on sector deals
• for the UK to remain in the EU single market and customs union.
The TUC calls for a target for the creation of a million more manufacturing and high-tech jobs by 2030. This target dovetails with the government’s aim for reducing carbon emissions by 57 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The TUC believes that sustainable industry and green technology could be one of the key planks in delivering new manufacturing jobs. We also believe that productivity improvements from artificial intelligence, can be directed towards the creation of manufacturing and high-tech employment.