CCTU conference report
About 300 people turned up to the Trade Union Climate Change Conference yesterday.
As such any solution to climate changed shouldn't revolve around punitive measures for impoverished communities and the working class but taking on imperialist governments and multi-national firms who are the driving force behind fossil fuels.
There was debate from the floor about how the wider political questions couldn't be avoided as capitalism in and of itself couldn't provide the answer as only planned economies could deal with the international chaos of climate change.
Well, well; that is a surprise...
Most seemed to agree with this although others took the position that capitalism was here to stay so only the nuts and bolts about what to do next could be talked about. Some people stressed the need to re-vitalise the anti-capitalist movement and that action through the unions and on the street was what were needed, not lobbying and parliament.
So, mob rule then...
The second session was about "Greening the workplace". There was a totally apolitical talk from someone from the TUC but a good talk from Paul Hampton from the Labour Research Department about how the unions and the working class had to be the centre piece of any fight back on climate change. Both speakers talked about new union initiatives such as "green reps" and Paul Hampton made the point that some union negotiations on green efficiency savings had linked them into bonuses/better wages for workers, which I thought was a really good idea.
Really? Yet another real fucking surprise there, eh?
Other speakers from the NUT said that building eco-friendly schools (which account for a big percentage of public sector carbon emissions) was being severely hampered by PFIs and private sector companies who just want to do things on the cheap.
Or, as those who understand these things like to say, "using resources in the most efficient way possible".
The four speakers from the floor gave very good contributions with George Binette from Permanent Revolution stressing that the resolution should have raised the demand of renationalising the transport system and that the campaign as a whole should take up the aim of socialism.
Yes, we definitely need to renationalise the transport system. Not only was the nationalisation of our infrastructure such a stunning fucking success, but how else are these fucking hideous little socialists going to build the tracks to the gulags?
Fucking hell, I really loathe socialists...