The Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group has produced a 50 page pamphlet, ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS NOW. This comes out of an alliance of a wide range of unions, campaigns and experts.
This is not a policy report intended to be read by a few and gather dust. It is the first step in a national campaign to make the government employ a million unemployed workers to save the climate. It contains the arguments workers need for building that campaign. It will take mass action to make the government act. But first we have to convince people. Here is how we start:
You can get one copy for £2 or ten at a time for £15 from: The Campaign against Climate Change, www.campaingncco.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0207-833-9311, or from the following people at union head offices:
Anne Elliott-Day at PCS
Manuel Cortes at TSSA
Tony Kearns at CWU
Janet Pantland at UCU.
Then sell the pamphlet at all the union, political and environmental events you can.
The key step is to get a small group of union activists together to start organising. Four people in a room in your town is enough. The Campaign union group will send a speaker. Contact Martin Empson on 07958535231.
Then contact union branches and workplace groups in your town. Ask the reps to take five or ten copies. If they take it and like it, try to get a speaker to a branch meeting or stewards meeting. Contact by phone is better than email, contact in person is best.
Organise a public meeting for One Million Climate Jobs Now in January or Feb. This does not have to be large. All it has to be is the largest meeting of union members about climate ever in your city. That's not very big. For speakers contact Martin Empson 0795853231.
The Campaign will be sending out copies of a petition and a model union resolution, and will campaign for the TUC to call a national demonstration.
A longer report will come out in March. And the Campaign against Climate Change will have a national conference on Saturday March 15 in London to discuss how we organise to win a million new jobs