“This paper by the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) discusses the need for a just transition in the United Kingdom and proposes ambitious policies that could help protect workers, such as including workers in policy processes and giving them access to funding for skills development. The TUC calls for the UK government to ensure sufficient funding to enable a fair transition.
The TUC argues that workers’ voices must be heard at all levels of decision-making processes, advocating unionization in all workplaces to ensure better worker representation. The organization calls for companies seeking to adopt a lower carbon model to provide transition agreements that include worker-friendly policies that provide guarantees of job security, outline working time, facilitate access to training and skills, and ensure equal opportunities.
The paper concludes by emphasizing the role the UK government should play as “a funder and procurer of new energy and broader infrastructure” to ensure that new jobs benefit local communities. The TUC warns against awarding contracts to companies without first agreeing on standards for corporate behavior.”