Conference fully endorses the aims of the Campaign against Climate Change (CCC)*. We recognise that trade unions have a central role to play, both in developing just and equitable solutions to climate change and also in building a mass movement around the issue. We therefore urge all trade unions to use their full industrial, political and organisational strength to force government and employers to take urgent and effective action to tackle this potentially catastrophic threat. As a first step, we urge all trade unions to:
· Affiliate to the CCC** and encourage members to support and participate in its actions, particularly the National Climate March in December 2008.
· Develop union policies on:
(i) Securing effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within each industry, workplace and local area, and across the economy as a whole.
(ii) Defending the interests of members during the transition to sustainable production.
In pursuance of this aim, conference calls for the establishment of an open, national Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Working Group, which shall meet once per quarter and which shall elect at its first meeting***, and subsequently re-elect annually, officers comprising at least a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. As a first step, this group will aim to organise CCC fringe meetings at as many national trade union conferences as possible.
*Aims of the Campaign against Climate Change:
1/ The CCC exists to secure the action we need – at a local, national and, above all, international level – to minimise harmful climate change and the devastating impacts it will have.
2/ In particular the CCC brings people together to create a mass movement to push for our goals, including street demonstrations & other approaches.
3/ The CCC seeks a global solution to a global problem and aims to push for an international emissions reductions treaty that is both effective in preventing the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate and equitable in the means of so doing.
4/ The CCC recognises that the issue of the destabilisation of global climate has enormous implications in terms of social justice and global inequality.
** Current trade union affiliation fees: National £250; Regional £100; Local £25.
*** The first meeting of the CCCTU Working Group will take place at 11am on Saturday 1st March 2008. Room 2A, University of London Union , Malet Street . All welcome.
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