Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge we face as a planet. This November, Glasgow will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, known colloquially as COP26. The climate crisis presents the trade union movement with a historic and existential challenge, with many of our members working in industries that will be most directly impacted by the move to net-zero.
At Community, we’re campaigning for #AJustTransitionForAll. We reject anyone who may consign the trade union movement to irrelevance on this issue. We will push the government to do much more to achieve a just transition, and argue the case for the role of the trade union movement in working towards our climate goals.
The transition to net-zero will impact millions of workers. It will change the nature of industries, of employment and of whole communities. Therefore it is so important to have the workers voice at the centre of this process, to ensure that we have a just transition that protects jobs and communities. Combatting climate change isn’t something that should be done to workers, it should be done with them.
The global steel market is currently worth an estimated $2.5 trillion and produces 9% of global emissions. We are the steelworkers union, and we will show why steel can and must be integral to the solution to the climate crisis.