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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Trade Unions

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

 

For centuries trade unions have been the primary (and often only) means for ordinary people to protect and assert their collective interests, both at work and in wider society.  Their role in our workplaces is important enough, but they have also been a crucial supporter of almost every major progressive struggle.

From the fight to win the vote for men and women; to campaigns against racism, sexism and homophobia; to the movements against austerity, privatisation, war and general injustice unions have been key.  Increasingly through initiatives like the Campaign Against Climate Change and A Million Climate Jobs Now unions are getting involved in the central challenge of our time: the fight to stop global warming and the destruction of the habitability of our planet.

Trade unions provide a fundamentally important role in our workplaces.  In general they prevent (or at least restrain) bullying and harassment, unsafe working practices, and exploitation.  Crucially, by asserting the rights of employees to the fruits of their own labour they restrain excessive pay at the top, and when much stronger they have provided a powerful block to inequality.

Furthermore we believe that in order for us to do our bit in preventing the planet warming by more than 2 degrees, we need to rapidly transition to a sustainable, renewable energy based economy.  This would require the end to hundreds of thousands of harmful and polluting jobs, and the creation of over a million more Green jobs in renewable energy, home construction and insulation, public transport and green infrastructure.  To ensure we have a just transition in the interests of working people (especially those in doomed industries) the involvement of unions and our communities will be central.

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