GMB announces green jobs is a missed opportunity to provide jobs to some of the 1 million unemployed young workers in the UK
Monday, Sep 23, 2013
The money to fund green energy comes from UK consumers who have no choice but have every right to expect that the government would have an industrial strategy in place to promote jobs in the UK says GMB
GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on the report published by trade body RenewableUK that there are 18,000 green jobs in the UK. See Notes to Editors for a copy of the report.
Gary Smith, GMB national Secretary said, “This report hypes the number of green jobs in the UK.
In fact the whole issue of green jobs is one massive missed opportunity for the UK to build up the green energy sector. These figures disguise the disgraceful lack of a proper strategy to promote the industry and the skills needed.
Just take the Thames Array as an example. It is our understanding that on this, one of the world’s largest wind farm, that the turbines were manufacture aboard and the cables to connect the turbines were manufactured in China and boats used to float the turbines into position were from the continent with a workforce also mainly from the continent.
If government and the industry are serious about developing green jobs in the UK they would not allow this to be happening. The money to fund green energy comes from the bills of UK consumers who have no choice in the matter. They have every right to expect that the government that decreed that they should pay for green energy would have an industrial strategy in place to promote jobs to the nearly 1 million young workers out of work in the UK.
This government is perfectly happy to promote the mixed economy when it comes to paying tax payers money to private sector corporations. However, when it comes to an industrial strategy to promote jobs and new industrial sectors the government leaves it to the same corporations which spend the money importing the technology from overseas. This is completely out of order and not acceptable.”