Environmental and union leaders will come together this Sunday the 14th of August at this year’s ECO conference for a panel discussion on the subject of Just Transitions, and you’re invited.
A just transition means moving to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy that maximises the benefits of climate action while minimising hardships for workers and their communities. The panel will start at 12:45 on Sunday whilst everyone is invited to attend the full weekend long conference.
Sean Sweeney of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, who organised one of the biggest side events at last year’s COP21 climate negotiations in Paris with Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn has put together a very special video to introduce New Zealand to the groundbreaking work that TUED and its 47 affiliated unions are doing in 17 countries. This will be followed by a panel discussion followed by Q&A.
Gary Cranston of Unite Union will be speaking about how workers in less obviously effected industries can and should be active frontline participants in movements for climate justice and a just transition, what inspiring union-enviro projects are happening around the world and his observations from the trade union spaces at last years climate negotiations in Paris.
Jared Abbot, Transport, Logistics & Manufacturing Divisional Secretary with First Union will be speaking about his experiences directly and pro-actively engaging with First Union members working in transition affected industries. First Union organises workers employed in New Zealand’s oil supply chain.
Jeanette Fitzsimons, former co-leader of the Green Party of New Zealand will be speaking about her experiences engaging with coal mining communities and workers on the West Coast as part of Coal Action Network Aotearoa’s Jobs After Coal report project.
Sam Huggard, elected secretary of the Council of Trade Unions will be speaking about where the CTU is at with its (fairly new) just transitions work and how a just transition could be made real in practice, in a New Zealand context.