Want to know what a just transition to a green economy looks like? Ask the workers | Anna Markova

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People don’t need catchprases: they need resources and empowerment so they can secure good green jobs

  • Anna Markova is the Trades Union Congress’s co-lead on climate and industrial policy

If you really want to know what a just transition looks like, don’t start with the official speeches of Cop26. Ideally, don’t even ask me. Ask those who need it most.

Ask a teenager in south Wales, where coal mining jobs have not been replaced by alternatives and unemployment levels are among the highest in the UK. Ask the oil rig worker who has been travelling to work by helicopter for 15 years but is having to pay £2,000 for yet another helicopter safety training course to be able to work on a wind turbine. Ask the Eurostar driver who does not know if the train she drives will still be running in two months’ time. Ask, if you can, one of the Uyghur people forced by Chinese authorities to work in a labour camp to make polysilicone for solar panels.

Anna Markova is the Trades Union Congress’s co-lead on climate and industrial policy

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