Just Transition course for Trade Union reps

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LS2 8LY

PCS Office, Town Centre House

Merrion Centre

Leeds

LS2 8LY

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Key industrial unions are speaking up about working for a Just Transition:

“Trade unions are first and foremost about jobs – let’s not have a replay of the times when we were not asked, or refused, to get involved.” Bill Adams, Regional Secretary, TUC Yorkshire and Humber.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times – we need to take action for future generations, to protect food and water. Trade unions should ensure this catastrophe is not left to unfold - get involved in specific areas of discussion, so that no working people lose out.” Gail Cartmail, AGS, Unite.

This new training course for workplace reps from the manufacturing, power and other sectors will be running in Leeds in October and November, supported by the region’s Low Carbon Task Force. It is designed to support workplace reps to plan and negotiate for a low-carbon future for our region, especially focusing on defending 28,000 jobs in our energy intensive industries.

Why here? Why now?
If there was ever a testbed for modern industrial strategy fit for the future, it’s in the Yorkshire and Humber region. This is a region in transition but without a plan.
Our region has probably the highest concentration of the UK’s foundation industries and coal and gas power stations in the UK. This includes major power plants like Drax, as well as steel, cement and chemical works, glass manufacturers, and heavy energy users in brewing and food manufacture. The regional TUC reckons that up to 28,000 people work in these major plants, and three or four times as many in their supply chains. No UK region has a bigger carbon footprint than this, because of the energy these industries either supply or use.

Course Aims
The course is designed to stimulate responses to the question: How to protect and develop our foundation industries and deliver the jobs, skills and training for a just transition to a low carbon economy? It will help to equip trades unions and workers with information and ideas about how to respond to the implementation of the Government’s Industrial and Clean Growth policies. One thing is for sure – ‘business as usual’ is not a viable strategy.

We will cover the following:

  • Identify industrial and energy policy in the region and in each sector represented on the course
  • Review what national and international climate change policy means for your workplace and the region.
  • Review trade union policies - regional, national and international
  • Map the region’s energy use
  • Understand why a Just Transition is central to your workplace and to the region’s future job security and economic strategy
  • Evaluate renewable energy and energy reduction options where you work
  • Assess the implications for skills and training where you work
  • Develop a negotiating strategy with your employer

The course is open to all interested trade union participants, and those acting as workplace reps in industrial workplaces in Yorkshire and Humber will particularly benefit.

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LS2 8LY

PCS Office, Town Centre House

Merrion Centre

Leeds

LS2 8LY

United Kingdom

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