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Green Jobs: The Newest Challenge for Workers and Unions

We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without
considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the
meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and
consumption for the purposes of profits?

If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects,
as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary
income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will
require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.

What issues do we need to raise as workers in our workplaces and unions?
How do we link the struggle for green jobs to precarious work, which is
often not only unstable but also ecologically damaging? What should we push
for and build in society generally?

We could demand of a just transition that it extend beyond retraining and
replacement wages for workers in polluting industries that get shut down.
Rather than shutting down polluting industries according to market logic,
we could insist that workers' rights be extended to include being actively
and democratically involved in decisions around industrial and plant
conversion to low-carbon, low-waste production, and in decision-making in
society as a whole.

Moderated by Greg Albo. Speakers:

* Steven Tufts, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, York University
* Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
* Nigel Barriffe, Community Organizer, Elementary Teacher, and member of the Good Jobs For All Coalition

Recorded in Toronto, 22 February 2015.
Green Jobs: The Newest Challenge for Workers and Unions

We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without
considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the
meaning of 'green work' in capitalist soc...
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