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Green revolution must create jobs & transform blighted UK communities

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10 Sep 2019
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The Government’s approach to the zero carbon economy is ‘negligent at best, vindictive and cruel at its worst,’ GMB General Secretary Tim Roache told the TUC

Speaking at TUC’s annual congress in Brighton today, Mr Roache highlighted how despite calls for clean energy and a strategy to tackle climate change, the bulk of green jobs had passed the UK economy with jobs and contracts frequently off shored while UK yards make redundancies or close. 

The motion, proposed by GMB Union and endorsed by delegates, would see thousands of new green jobs created through progressive taxation and investment - rather than through increased costs to bill payers which the union labelled a ‘Green Poll Tax’ that ‘would hit the poorest hardest’. 


Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“The bulk of the wind jackets our members will see from their living room windows will be manufactured in Indonesia for an Italian contractor, and transferred 7,000 miles on diesel burning ships back to the Fife coast where local people will pay for them through their electricity bills.

It’s possible to save the planet and make sure people have decent, well paid jobs - the Government just currently has no plan to make that happen.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary

“This strategy is negligent at best, vindictive and cruel at its worst.  

“The communities decimated by Thatcher and since blighted by the explosion of insecure work and the Amazon economy are crying out for the chance to make things again.

“To once again feel that pride of being the engine room of the nation, to lead the green industrial revolution. It’s possible to save the planet and make sure people have decent, well paid jobs - the Government just currently has no plan to make that happen.”

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