Below is a model motion in support of Workers’ Climate Action, and the conference on October 10th, at UCL in London.
This branch notes:
1. The IPCC report that argues we need at least an 80% global reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 if we are to avoid irreversible climate change.
2. The recent factory occupation at Vestas Blades UK, the only wind turbine factory in the UK, where 625 jobs are at risk.
3. The ongoing campaign at Vestas, including a 24hr picket demanding that the government nationalises the factory.
4. The role of the Workers’ Climate Action network in organising and supporting the occupation and promoting the ideas of “worker-led just transition” in the labour and environmental movements.
This branch believes:
1. That climate change is a class issue. Working class people and the poor will be most affected by climate change.
2. That working class people have the power to stop climate change, by stopping production in environmentally destructive industries and using our skills in socially-useful, ecological production i.e. a “worker-led just transition”
3. That victory for the Vestas workers is vital for both the trade union campaign to defend jobs in the crisis, and for building a working-class ecological movement that can push forward this “just transition”
4. That solidarity is the only way to break through the short-term sectionalism of trade unionists in environmentally destructive industries, e.g. Unite’s official support for the third runway at Heathrow.
This branch resolves:
1. To donate £___ to the Save Vestas Campaign (details on http://www.savevestas.wordpress.com)
2. To donate £___ to Workers Climate Action and to send delegates to their conference on 10th October (www.workersclimateaction.wordpress.com)
3. To set up a “Green Working Group” that can establish ways to green the workplace.