8 July 2019
UCU has welcomed plans from the TUC to ensure that working people and education are at the heart of a transition towards a low-carbon greener economy.
The TUC has called for a cross-party commission, which includes unions, consumers and business, to plan a clear and funded path to a low-carbon economy. The TUC also said that proper funding of the adult education sector was essential if the demand for new skills as a result of the move towards a greener economy was to be met.
UCU acting general secretary Paul Cottrell said: ‘A properly funded education system is vital if we are to deliver focused and appropriate skills training as part of the move towards a greener economy. We share the TUC’s vision and wholeheartedly back plans to put workers at the heart of just transition planning.’
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘Trade unions are committed to addressing the climate emergency. A greener economy can be a fairer economy too, with new work and better jobs right across Britain. It’s vital to avoid the mistakes of the 1980s, when industrial change devastated communities because workers had no say. This time we need a plan that everyone can get behind, with workers’ voices at the heart of it.’