East London Green Jobs Alliance
  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: East London Green Jobs Alliance
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Input for Compilation Document, Rio+20 Summit 2012 About us

The East London Green Jobs Alliance is a coalition of trade unions, NGOs, community based organisations and green businesses working together to create green and decent jobs for East London citizens. The East London Green Jobs Alliance is anchored by the Otesha Project UK and Unionlearn SERTUC.

We seek to stimulate the local green economy and provide training and job opportunities for local people ? especially the young and unemployed. We do this through:

? Campaigning for all jobs to be greener and have a living wage

? Developing greener job policy and practice

? Creating leadership in London on green jobs

? Supporting new green enterprises

? Developing a pilot project that aims to work in partnership with employers, training providers and other support agencies in the formation of a ?green jobs pipeline? Principles

Our work is shaped by two basic principles: 1. Equal opportunities for all ? greener jobs and training like everything else must provide opportunities for everyone

2. Equity for people and planet ? greener jobs and training must support social and environmental justice locally, nationally and globally

To achieve the stated aim of the transition to a green economy we make the following recommendations to the Rio+20 compilation document: The transition to a green economy must be based on:

1. Equalities ? Many of the potential green growth areas like construction and engineering do not adequately reflect the potential workforce. The under-representation in apprenticeships and employment in these sectors must be addressed to ensure access to job opportunities by all disadvantaged groups. A recognition that climate change and energy prices will hit the poorest sections of society hardest.

2. Fair and decent jobs ? The move to a green economy must be based on fair wages and decent terms and conditions of employment. These should include opportunities for career progression, and rights to Health and safety and trade union recognition.

3. Co-ordination and coherence ? The current policy is characterised by short-termism and uncertainty that is hampering progress. Stimulating demand for jobs and training requires a long term strategic approach in areas like low carbon sector incentives, and procurement policies.

4. Communication and engagement strategy - Partnerships across civil society at global, national and local level are needed to promote training, job opportunities and inclusiveness.

5. A Just Transition ? Workers and communities must be consulted about the opportunities and threats to employment in each sector of the economy. Provision to re-train and up-skill in good time must be built in to all jobs and sectors at risk from a transition to a green economy.

The East London Green Jobs Alliance welcomes comments on the content of this proposal. Please email comments to: hanna@greenjobsalliance.org.uk

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