RMT alternative to Heathrow expansion – download the report

With this report Rail Maritime and Transport Union becomes the first union to look for an environmentally acceptable alternative to expansion at Heathrow. The report finds that a good rail service can provide a viable alternative that is not just more environmentally-friendly but also contributes much more to the UK economy and job creation.

Click on the link below to download the report.

Who says there is no alternative?

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Medway Trades Council supports Kingsnorth protest

Medway TUC motion on climate change

 

That this Trades Council acknowledges that climate change is a reality. This is based on the weight of scientific evidence that the earths’ temperature is rising – leading the polar ice caps to begin melting, which is causing sea levels to rise. We have also seen widespread de-forestation, which for the most part, has been for the mass rearing of cattle and the growth of cereals for biofuel . This leaves us with an atmospheric imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

 

Car ownership, while providing a convenient way to get around, emits vast amounts of carbon monoxide, which is damaging to the environment. The Trade’s Council calls for public money to be invested into our public transport systems to provide decent, efficient and affordable alternative methods of transport. We recognise the detrimental effect of the burning of fossil fuels on the environment. This Council calls on the government to further expand the investment of public money into the development of wind, wave, solar and other renewable forms of energy.

 

We also support the TUC’s Just Transition policy and believe that any jobs lost as part of the shift towards a low carbon economy should be replaced with ‘green’ jobs, such as within the recycling industry, construction of renewable energy farms and factories, environmentally friendly housing etc. Training should be offered to all workers whose jobs are lost as a result of the reductions in CO2 emissions and where training and re-employment is unavailable, workers should be heavily compensated.

 

Workers support for environmental campaigns is essential. Trade unions should be fully involved in the fight against climate change. Such support can only be achieved by Government and employers, as leaders of industry as well as local and national campaign groups, fully engaging with the trade unions at every level.

 

At this years Annual General Meeting of the Trades council, we passed a motion to support and affiliate to the Campaign Against Climate Change. The CCC are leading a campaign to prevent the expansion of Kingsnorth Power Station, which will not begin to meet the emissions reductions targets needed to halt Climate Change. This council, therefore supports the campaign against the expansion of Kingsnorth.

 

This Trades Council understands the interests of big business leaders in energy, may clash with the need to cut carbon emissions and protect our planet. Therefore, we call for the nationalisation of the energy companies and for them to be democratically managed by the workers in the industry.

 

The factors contributing to climate change are the culmination of long-term free market policies. Workers should not foot the bill of climate change. Capitalisms’ drive to maximise profits for an elite has and is neglecting the needs of the environment. Although individual measures can be taken to treat specific symptoms, the nature of capitalism means that it cannot fully, in the long term, stop climate change. The issue of environmental sustainability is tied up in virtually all aspects of production. An integrated energy policy must be part of an overall economic plan. Only true democratic, socialist planning, without the drive for profit, can adequately meet the needs of workers and the environment for generations to come.

 

Proposed: Medway TUC executive committee

 

Seconded: Carried YES/NO

HOFFA REJECTS ‘DRILLING OUR WAY OUT’ OF ENERGY CRISIS, DEMANDS LONG-TERM POLICY SOLUTIONS

Teamsters General President Urges Deeper Partnership Between 
Labor, Environmentalists


OAKLAND , CA , July 24, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Teamsters
General President Jim Hoffa said today that working Americans 
hard hit by rising gas prices and a collapsing
economy demand a comprehensive long-term program
focused on exploring and developing alternative sources of energ as 
a solution to the crisis facing our country. 
"We are not going to drill our way out of the energy problems we are 
facing -- not here and not in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,"
 Hoffa told labor and environmental activists at an

Oakland , Calif. , summit on good jobs and clean air.

“We must find a long-term approach that breaks our dependence on foreign oil by investing in the development of alternate energy sources like solar, wind and  geothermal power.”

Hoffa then announced the union’s withdrawal from the ANWR coalition,citing the need to build a green economy that fosters the development of alternative energy sources and creates good union jobs – instead of lining the pockets of big oil tycoons.

Hoffa also said that by investing in green energy solutions, the nation will reap the benefits of curbing its dependence on oil through a revitalized economy with the creation of millions of new jobs in a rapidly growing industry.

“Our economy is in shambles. Gas is climbing to $5 a gallon. The dollar has collapsed. Inflation is on the rise. Americans are seeing their paychecks shrink. Their family health care is being slashed,” Hoffa said. “Finding a long-term solution has a tremendous upside. It will be environmentally friendly and will serve as a much-needed boost to our sagging economy.”

Hoffa Says Comprehensive Energy Program, Green Jobs Are Solutions To Energy Crisis

Hoffa also thanked labor’s partners in the environmental movement, who are currently working to reduce emissions from port trucks. He urged the strengthening of the alliance, known as the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, to achieve a common goal: Good jobs and clean air.

“If we are to prosper as a nation, our future lies in a green economy,” he said.

“But it’s up to us to help define the rules of that new green economy. A green economy means we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And it means creating good union jobs in America’s growing industries.”

The Sierra Club praised the Teamsters and Hoffa’s comments. “The Sierra Club and the environmental movement applaud your announcement and look forward to building a powerful movement together — a movement that helps workers, protects the environment, prevents global warming and rebuilds our economy with good, green jobs,” said Greg Haegele, The Sierra Club’s Director of Conservation. “We are proud to stand here today, as allies and friends of the Teamsters.” 

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States ,Canada and Puerto Rico .

Contact:

Leigh Strope,lstrope@teamster.org

O: (202) 624-6911;

C: (202) 497-7766