Upcoming Events

Building Climate Literacy into Skills Training – the Canadian experience

Tuesday 14 May  1- 2 pm

in person at UCU HQ ,Carlow Street London NW1

Nearest tube Mornington Crescent

Email Tahirlatif51@icloud.com to register and to receive a link if attending online.

One of the strategic problems with making a green transition in the UK is the chronic skills shortages in key trades. But, making that transition depends not only on training up a new generation of engineers, plumbers, fitters, carpenters, retrofitters, heating specialists, designers across the whole range of occupations, it is embedding climate literacy into each and every course, so that apprentices and reskilling workers understand not only the technicalities involved in the jobs they will be doing, but the overall social imperative of doing them, and doing them well. This is a necessary part of re-educating and retooling our society at all levels so that the people doing the work to make the transition are also driving it throughout society.

Dr John Calvert and Professor Linda Clarke have been working  with the Canadian trade unions to get climate literacy embedded into the new set of standards for training courses in the Canadian construction trade. In this meeting they will explain how that was done, and Linda will touch on current developments in the EU too.

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For a Just Transition for Steel Workers

Sign up here for this urgent Lunch and Learn at 12 noon on Tuesday 19th March, where we’ll hear from Anna Markova from the TUC about the risks to jobs at the British Steel plant in Scunthorpe, and what steps climate activists and organisations can take to support workers whose jobs are under threat and push for a just transition in industry in the UK.

While unions are balloting for strike action over the planned closure of blast furnaces in Port Talbot and fighting to protect over 2,000 jobs, there is only one more blast furnace site remaining in the UK, with four and a half thousand jobs: British Steel’s plant in Scunthorpe.

  • Can a similar plan of mass job losses there still be prevented?
  • What can we do now?
  • And what should our future strategies look like to support rapid and just transitions in steel and across UK manufacturing industries?

Anna Markova works on the NEON and TUC worker-led transition project which is supporting unionised workers in high carbon industries – including steel – to achieve a Just Transition in their workplaces.

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Now We Rise / 9 December COP 28 Day of Action 

 

With COP28 taking place in the United Arab Emirates, climate activists the world over are taking part in a Global Day of Action on 9 December to demand more than the tepid efforts we’ve come to associate with COPs. Find details of the many demonstrations, rallies and marches taking place across the U.K. on the day HERE.

With the creation of climate jobs being a crucial element of the transformation we need to bring about, it’s vital that trade unions are a strong and visible force at these events. GJA, together with our colleagues at Campaign Against Climate Change and Climate Justice Coalition, have produced a placard that makes clear the link between trade unions and climate change. Download the artwork HERE and you can insert your own unions logo if you wish.

Our hope is to have unions showing a united front on this important day, and coming together with fellow activists worldwide to demand the jobs required to avoid climate catastrophe.

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Crisis is always a Trade Union Issue
Our Power

Our Power: A Just Transition for Offshore workers, online meeting, 19 April at 13.00

GJA is pleased to host an open meeting on 19th April at 13.00 to present and discuss the important Our Power report on a just transition for Offshore workers, produced by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Platform London.  
 
The report sets out a framework for a Just Transition that not only gives workers social, economic and environmental justice along with job security, but a say in what their future will look like, putting workers front and centre of a climate transition. As such, it is a model for workers in other industries to follow.
 
Co-author Rosemary Harris from Platform will be presenting the report and there will be plenty of time for discussion and debate. The meeting is online via Zoom, contact Tahirlatif51@icloud.com to register and receive the link for the meeting.

TUC Job Advert

Project Officer – Just Transition – Trades Union Congress TUC (current-vacancies.com)

We’re looking for two new staff to support trade union reps to lead Worker-Led Transitions to a green economy in steel, automotive, and other manufacturing industries. To future-proof these jobs against climate change and offshoring.

  • Are you keen to help tackle climate change while protecting manufacturing jobs? 
  • Do you have experience supporting workers as a trade union rep or activist? 
  • And are you good at establishing constructive working relationships?  

Then we’d like to hear from you. 

The role can be based in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool or Newcastle with occasional travel within the UK. There’s one full-time and one part-time role available, both on a fixed-term contract for 36 months. 

Salary: £40,448 (per annum pro rata)

Deadline to apply: 6 March 2023.

Full details and application procedure.

Project Officer – Just Transition – National UK

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together 5.5 million working people who make up our 50 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living. Join us. Project Officer, Wo

tuc.current-vacancies.com

If you have any questions or if you’re unsure about applying, please reach out to amarkova@tuc.org.uk or text 07717 531168. There’s also a briefing specifically for Black / BME candidates – see the job app pages.

No degree qualification expected; we’d rather hire someone who understands trade unions and/or manufacturing industries.

Thursday 16 February 2023 at 15:00-17:00 GMT / 16:00-18:00 CET

The aviation industry is currently facing big challenges to reduce its environmental impact. Aviation workers are speaking up and developing their own vision of the future for air travel and the prospects for a worker-driven transformation of the sector.

We invite aviation workers to a conversation about their future and job security in a world of climate crisis. The event, hosted by Safe Landing and Transport & Environment (T&E) will include various speakers and an opportunity to connect, discuss and strategise with like-minded aviation workers across various countries.

Register below, and see you on the 16th of Feb!

BOLD SOLUTIONS: The economic, climate and energy crises and how we fix them

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022, 9.30 – 5.45pm. Register here.

 

Location: TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Speakers invited include: TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, Ed Miliband, London Deputy Mayor Shirley Rodrigues, Make UK Head of Campaigns Bhavina Bharkada, We Own It Director Cat Hobbs

Both our economy and our planet are in crisis.  

Bills and sea levels are rising at an unprecedented rate. Nationally, the cost-of-living scandal is driving absolute poverty and forcing millions into increasingly desperate conditions. Globally, climate change is threatening the lives and livelihoods of billions of workers. These crises are parallel and inter-linked.

We urgently need a politics that builds a safe climate for future generations, a rapid and just transition with quality jobs, and an economy that rewards work, not wealth. The TUC is convening a conference to bring trade unions, economic justice movements and climate activists together to gather solutions.

Programme of Sessions:

How do we communicate an ambitious vision for climate action that is socially just? With: Rachel Wolf (Founding Partner, Public First), Antonia Bance (Head of Campaigns and Communications, TUC), Funmibi Ogunlesi (NEON, TBC), and Roger Harding

Future-proofing high carbon jobs. With: Kate Dearden (Head of Policy, Community), Bhavina Barkada (Director of Communications, Make UK), Anna Markova (TUC), and Tony Devlin (National Officer for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process & Textiles, Unite).

Climate, Energy & Inequality Crises: How we future-proof our society. With: Shirley Rodrigues (Deputy Mayor of London), Chris Morris (Deputy Head of Research and Policy, USDAW), Fatima Ibrahim (Co Executive Director, Green New Deal Rising, TBC), Michelle Singleton (UNISON).

How do we ensure Green Jobs are Quality Jobs. With: Jonathan Reynolds (Shadow BEIS Secretary, TBC), Sue Ferns (Assistant General Secretary, Prospect), Melanie Onn (Deputy Chief Executive, Renewables UK, TBC), Andy Prendergast (National Secretary, Commercial Services)

Public ownership of energy – for a safe climate. With: Ed Miliband (Shadow Secretary for Climate Change & Net Zero, TBC),  Frances O’Grady (General Secretary, TUC), Simon Coop (National Officer for Energy, Unite), Mika Minio-Paluello (TUC), Cat Hobbs (We Own It).