The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) has been formed as a partnership body inclusive of trade unions, student organisations, campaigning groups and a policy think tank. It campaigns around the issue of jobs and the skills needed to transition to a low-carbon economy.
The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union, Trades Union Congress, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.
The UCU have serious concerns regarding the slow progress in providing the UK workforce with the necessary skills to transition to a low-carbon economy. To this end the UCU has produced a manifesto which highlights eight component parts that need to be addressed and five underlying principles that should be adopted.
The Greener Jobs Alliance was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain's rapidly growing low-carbon sectors and to green the whole economy. The transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy can drive sustainable economic recovery and job creation in every part of the country as well as making existing jobs more secure. But this requires a more strategic national and local approach to deliver the workforce skills needed and to stimulate demand for clean energy and energy efficiency services.
The 2 year Greener Jobs Project aims to tackle the low carbon skills deficit in the UK and is funded by the trading arm of Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council. This problem cannot be tackled in isolation from the need to generate the demand from businesses and households for low carbon training and jobs.
If you require any further information please contact Graham Petersen, UCU environment co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org