Energy unions are calling for talks with the government this year to help workers and communities adapt to the low-carbon economy needed to deal with global warming.
The four unions – UNISON, Unite, GMB and Prospect – represent 200,000 workers in the sector and launched a template for a “just transition” to low carbon over the Christmas holidays.
Now they want to hold discussions with business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Greg Clark to “chart a constructive way forward in the decade ahead”.
The template grew out of a conference of energy workers from all four unions, hosted and organised by UNISON in September.
The unions’ template features four key demands:
- a balanced low carbon energy mix;
- investment in skills and infrastructure;
- protecting and creating high quality jobs and employment;
- making sure no community is left behind.
“Ten years on from the Climate Change Act, the UK still does not have a plan that puts workers, future skills and affected communities at the heart of energy policy,” the unions said in a statement as they launched the plan.
“The move to a low carbon economy could threaten the jobs and livelihoods of workers in the energy sector,” noted UNISON national officer Matt Lay.
“But with a just transition, they won’t simply be abandoned. With proper investment and training, both they and their communities can share in the benefits of a sustainable future.”