November 27, 2019
Workers and communities are central to a just transition – David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action David Cullinane has said the government is ignoring the voices of ordinary workers in its just transition and in the process, it is alienating communities. A new approach is needed, he added, one that is democratic and inclusive.

Speaking at the launch of a discussion document on climate justice and a just transition, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Last week it emerged that Bord na Móna will not engage in an industrial relations forum with its employees.

“ICTU have called on the company to utilise the services of the Workplace Relations Commission to deal with the issues arising from the planned closure of two power stations in the midlands.

“On top of this, the government have appointed a Just Transition Commissioner, but have explicitly ruled out that office having any role in industrial relations matters and the difficulties faced by workers.

“These are concerning developments.

“Without a government policy that is framed by climate justice and democratic principles, the leadership and direction of climate action will become industry-focused rather than community-focused.

“We cannot allow corporate interests to push the cost of climate action onto the shoulders of ordinary communities the same way they treated the cost of global warming and pollution.

“Sinn Féin is committed to climate justice and a just transition in Ireland, north and south.

“This means a fairer and more democratic society, one which protects workers’ rights and empowers communities with more input and control over their future.

“The document I have launched today, along with my colleague Caoimhe Archibald, sets out our guiding principles and core policy framework.

“No workers or communities can be left behind in the move away from peat and coal use and into renewable energy.

“We need to ensure that the principles of climate justice and a just transition run through everything we do going forward.”

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