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WHY WORKERS SHOULD OPPOSE FRACKING

Trade unionists have always taken a position on the major moral and political questions of the day. We should oppose fracking because:

  1. Fracking worsens Climate Change: ‘Fracking’ is the extraction of natural gas (or oil) by injecting fluid at high pressure to fracture rock. Like all fossil fuels, this gas produces carbon dioxide (CO2) when burnt. CO2 is the single biggest contributing gas to global warming, which is threatening catastrophic climate change. Fracking has been suggested as a ‘cleaner’ alternative to coal, but recent studies on methane gas leaking from wells contradict this. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.
  2. Fracking won’t create large numbers of permanent jobs: The jobs are likely to be short‑term specialised jobs, filled by existing staff already employed by the company rather than local jobs.Numbers are also over‑hyped.
  3. A report from Friends of the Earth, supported by the PCS trade union and North West trades councils, argued that a claim by gas company Cuadrilla that fracking would bring 1,700 jobs to the area was misleading as most would last for just one year. Fracking could lead to job losses in agriculture and tourism.
  4. Alternative energy strategies create more and longer lasting jobs: The Friends of the Earth report concluded “Renewable energy and energy efficiency… create over six times as many jobs as gas per unit of power generated or saved and around three times as many jobs for the same amount invested.”.
  5. Fracking will have a major impact on communities: A planning application for one well in North Yorkshire said drilling would create over 1,400 vehicle trips. This is disruptive, polluting and dangerous. Other impacts include an increase in earthquake risk, the disfiguring of local landscapes and reduced value of houses. The rich might be able to move, but it is much harder for workers and the poor to escape.
  6. Fracking can damage health: Fracking has been accompanied by claims of extensive local pollution to air, land and water sources. New York’s government banned fracking because it concluded fracking posed too great a risk to health. Over 500 academic papers warn of the risk to health from fracking.

Climate jobs—the alternative
Climate change is recognised by trade unions globally as an issue of social justice affecting poor
communities around the world.The One Million Climate Jobs report proposes a ‘National Climate Service’  to create public‑sector jobs in industries that reduce carbon emissions. Seven national trade unions and many union branches have signed up to this as an alternative that can create decent, well paid, safe jobs that tackle environmental destruction. Fracking is opposed by the NUT, PCS, BFAWU, EIS, TSSA and UCU unions. Fracking has been banned in Scotland, Ireland, Bulgaria and France and there are moratoriums in many other places including Wales, Netherlands and Germany.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Trade unionists have joined environmental activists and residents to oppose fracking because working class people should not be forced to work in the dirty, dangerous and unsustainable fossil fuel industry or suffer its effects in their communities. The alternative to unemployment, low pay and climate change is not fracking, but government investment in clean energy jobs. We encourage all workers to join an appropriate trade union www.tuc.org.uk/join-union If you are in a union, take our model motion to your union branch and local trades council. Join your local anti-fracking campaign. Join the Campaign Against Climate Change.

The Campaign against Climate Change brings people together to push for the urgent and resolute
action we need to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate.
Campaign Against
Climate Change
020 7833 9311
info@campaigncc.org
www.cacctu.org.uk

Joint Statement on Just Transition in the UK

Climate Justice March | London

It’s time for a Just Transition in the UK, moving to a modern low carbon economy in such a way as to protect workers’ livelihoods, create new industries and deliver a fairer society in all regions and devolved nations. The need for action to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Change Agreement to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees, is urgent if we are to avert the environmental and economic costs of climate change.

We share a concern that the Government’s Industrial and Clean Growth strategies fail to reference the need for a Just Transition. This embodies the principles of consultation between all sections of society; investment in skills and jobs; the creation of decent work; and social protection for individuals and communities, particularly those reliant on fossil fuels. It is necessary to confront the danger facing our industries and power system as employment in traditional sectors declines. Workers, if losing their job in these sectors, should be able to retrain and redeploy to a new job on equivalent terms and conditions, covered by collective agreements, and fully supported in their housing and income needs through transition.

Government must take a decisive lead with plans to transform key sectors, through publicly and community owned energy supply, transport infrastructure, investing in energy efficiency and sustainable heating in our homes and in industry. The speed and scale of Government action must be increased, as advised by the Committee on Climate Change. Where necessary to secure change at sufficient pace and scale, options for public and community ownership or partial stakes in flagship energy projects and enterprises should be pursued.

Employment and social benefits for communities most affected by industrial change should be secured through local investment in new jobs and skills, the creation of local supply chains, and ‘community benefit’ clauses in public contracts and local ownership. The principles of social justice and equity must be adopted to ensure no-one is left behind in the transition to economic and environmental sustainability.

Meanwhile, internationally, the government should support the strengthening of workers’ rights and environmental standards in the global supply chains for low carbon industries, such as solar panel and battery production.

We believe that all key stakeholders should be represented on consultation and implementation bodies linked to the industrial, skills and climate change strategies. This should include proposed industrial and sector bodies at national, regional and local levels

We therefore call on the UK government to:

  1. incorpo rate Just Transition principles within the UK’s commitments to implement the Paris Agreement, including the UK’s Industrial and Clean Growth strategies.
  2. legislate for the right to appoint workplace environment representatives to help ensure workers’ views are fairly represented at local level. At company and sector level unions need the right to a voice in the economic restructuring decisions that will take place.
  3. establish a Just Transition Commission to develop a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead, along the lines of the welcome initiative of the Scottish Government to establish such a body.

 sponsoring organisations so far which include NEU. PCS AND NUS

A Follow-Up from the Lucas Plan Conference: Trades Unionists Endorse Defence Diversification

The conference to mark 40 years since the Lucas Plan, in which rank and file workers put together a revolutionary programme for repurposing weapons technology for progressive purposes to both save jobs and help society, has had a superb follow up. A an excerpt is here:

So What Happened to Our Conference Motion 16 The “Lucas Plan”, Arms Conversion and
Socially Useful Production? 1st TUCJCC renamed it Defence, Jobs and Diversification then sent it to TUC Congress 2nd It was accepted onto agenda and heard on Tuesday 12th September PM.

The motion is now the property of the General Council and has been referred to the TUC Economic and Social Department for Action. Their first action will be to consult with those Unions directly affected-we’ll keep you updated with any progression.

In the Meantime?
TUCJCC wanted you to know what had happened with your motion, particularly with the announcement of further job losses in BAE and the potential for further announcements of job losses from supply industries across the UK. They would specifically like you too

  1. Those Trades Union councils covering the area of the BAE job losses already announced to contact the Unions involved and ask how they (and we) could help (if not already involved).
  2. The TUCJCC regional representatives will raise within their own Regional Executives the wider issue of potential job loss within the wider supply chain industries.
  3. Discuss the motion within your own Trades Union Councils and consider how your
    affiliate could encourage both the TUC and Labour Party to act on it.

 

The for a link to the full motion and repot: So What Happened to Our Conference Motion 16-final copy (002)

Jobs and Climate: Planning for a future which doesn’t cost the earth

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 10:00 to 17:00

Tackling the climate crisis needs workers to build a world fit for the future. Yet the narrative of ‘jobs versus environment’ is still heard across the political spectrum, derailing the action we urgently need.

This conference, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, aims to challenge the false choice of good jobs versus the environment. Instead of settling for this, there is both an urgent need for action on climate change and a real opportunity for trade unionists to be at the forefront of campaigning for a transition. One which puts the needs of the planet, decent jobs and social justice at the top of the political agenda.

The conference, for trade unionists and others interested in the issues, will be an opportunity to hear from trade unionists, scientists, environmental activists and others about the issues; and to learn from grassroots action today as well as debating a vision for the future.

Workshops:

Climate Change: What’s happening to our climate and why this is an issue
One Million Climate Jobs: Planning for a national Climate Service
Climate Refugees: Campaigning within the trade unions
Just Transition: Challenging the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy
A New Lucas Plan: Popular Planning for Social Need
Jobs and Climate: Debates in the movement
Food and agriculture: Planning for a healthy sustainable future
Women and Climate: In the frontline
Workplace Environmental Reps: Organising in the workplace
Energy Democracy

Workshops will also be led by key trade union and environmental campaigns: The Greener Jobs Alliance, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and The Lucas Plan.

Book tickets through Eventbrite

More details below and full programme on https://www.cacctu.org.uk/jobs_and_climate

Book tickets now through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobs-climate-planning-for-a-future-that-doesnt-cost-the-earth-tickets-41316618117

Find out more about the work of the Campaign against Climate Change trade union group https://www.cacctu.org.uk/ – if you’ve got any questions, please get in touch or email climatetradeunion@gmail.com

Jobs and climate: planning for a future which doesn’t cost the earth

10 March 10-5pm, Hamilton House, London WCH 9BD

Two Plenary Sessions: 1. Jobs versus the Environment, challenging a false choice. 2. Planning for a just transition – a future which doesn’t cost the earth

Speakers include:

Barry Gardiner MP – Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change, Chris Baugh – Dep Gen Sec PCS, Sarah Woolley – BFAWU, Liz Hutchins – FOE, Professor Joanna Haigh – Grantham Institute, Suzanne Jeffery – Chair, CACC, Asad Rehman – Executive Director War on Want, Caroline Russell – Green Party London Assembly Member, Mika Minio-Paluello – Platform, Wilf Sullivan – Race Equality Officer TUC, Tahir Latif – PCS, Allison Roche – Unison, Duncan Law – Biofuelwatch, Kim Hunter – Frack Free Scarborough, Tina Louise Rothery – Lancashire Anti-Fracking Nanas, Graham Petersen – Greener Jobs Alliance, Sam Mason – PCS, Jonathan Neale – Global Climate Jobs, Dave King – New Lucas Plan Group, Lauren Jones – Sheffield Climate Alliance, Paul Allen – Centre for Alternative Technology, Sarah Pearce – Unison

 

 

 

 

Stopping the use of Glyphosate in Public spaces in Barnet – Alternatives exist!

Public Meeting on Thursday, 28th of September 7 pm – 9 pm
Stop-Glyphosate-1200x521At Café Tintico 2-4 Station Road
Finchley N3 2 RY

(50 Yards from Finchley Central Station on the corner of Ballards Lane , next to the railway bridge).

with Nick Mole of the Pesticides Action Network (www.pan-uk.org)

The World Health Organisation has stated that it is highly probable that Glyphosate is carcinogenic.
It is also an endocrinal disruptor affecting our hormones, and also kills microbes thus being detrimental to intestinal flora.
As it is soluble in water and is chemically stable,  it is highly damaging to all forms of aquatic life and soil organisms, including earthworms and many other forms of life.
Why not visit our petition on the Barnet Petition website? Current ePetitions

Petition: Stopping the use of Glyphosate in public spaces

Stop-Glyphosate-1200x521We the undersigned petition the council to stop using Glyphosate on pavements, green spaces and anywhere else where Barnet LB currently uses Glyphosate, and employ environmentally friendly methods of weed control.

The World Health Organisation has stated that it is highly probable that Glyphosate is carcinogenic.
Glyphosate is also an endocrinal disruptor affecting our hormones, and also kills microbes thus being detrimental to intestinal flora.
As it is chemically stable, Glyphosate is highly detrimental to the environment, being accumulated the higher up the food chain you go. As it is soluble in water, it is highly damaging to all forms of aquatic life and soil organisms, including earthworms.
Many other countries have banned or severely restricted Glyphosate, for example Sri Lanka, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, to name a few.
In the UK, many local authorities have also banned or severely restricted Glyphosate, including Shaftesbury, Hammersmith and Fulham, Glastonbury, Aberdeen and Edinburgh,
We believe it is time that Barnet followed the lead that others have shown and protected our environment and public health for the future.
 
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For more information please go to:
 This also includes links to UK local authorities who have banned or severely restricted Glyphosate, including infos on alternatives to Glyphosate.

Air Pollution and what we can do about it

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You are cordially invited to a meeting on “Air Pollution and what we can do about it” on March 23rd 8 pm, at St John the Baptist Church , Barnet High St EN5 4BW.

Speakers are:

  • Jean Lambert, MEP,
  • Paul Drummond, UCL,
  • Aaron Kiely, Friends of the Earth
  • Andrea Lee, Client Earth

Each will give a short talk and afterwards there will be a Q & A session.
Buses: 107, 307, 84, 263, 326, 34, 134.
Everybody welcome!

Kind Regards

Phil Fletcher
(Barnet Friends of the Earth)

Climate Refugees, The Climate Crisis & Population Displacement: Building A Trade Union & Civil Society Response

National Conference

Saturday 11th February 2017

10.00-5.00pm

NUT Conference Centre Hamilton House, Mabledon Place Euston, London climate

Over 140 million people have been forced to move in recent years because of climate change disasters – droughts, harvest failures and devastating storms. Our warming planet is driving massive long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes. The UN says environmental refugees could reach 300million people by mid-century. This conference from the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group aims to dispel refugee myths, work on a new Protocol for the international protection of those affected by climate change, raise demands for stronger action, and agree a climate refugees campaign statement.
Expert Contributions from:

  • Prof Joanna Haigh (Grantham Institute at Imperial College)
  • Asad Rehman (FoE)
  • Clara Paillard (PCS)
  • Amjad Abdulla (Alliance of Small Island States tbc)
  • Dave Green (FBU)
  • Sharan Burrow (ITUC, tbc)
  • Wilf Sullivan (TUC)
  • Zak Cochrane (Stand Up To Racism), NUT, PSI
  • Zita Holbourne (PCS)
  • Jonathan Neale (Global Climate Jobs)
  • Suzanne Jeffery (Campaign Against Climate Change)
  • and more.

Four Workshops on:

  1. Unions and campaigns for climate jobs.
  2. Raising awareness of climate change impacts at national and global level.
  3. Unions and campaign groups challenging xenophobia and hostility to refugees and migrants.
  4. Joint work to draft a new Protocol for the international protection of those affected by climate change.

More information: http://www.campaigncc.org/nationalconference

Supporters so far: Campaign Against Climate Change, FBU, TSSA, CWU, PCS, NUT, Stand Up to Racism and other unions and environmental campaigns.

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