Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Green infrastructure plan welcome


Green infrastructure plan welcome

Having a more assertive plan to address climate change should be coupled with initiatives to create opportunities for decent work in the green economy, and the Green Party’s contribution to this work is welcome, the CTU said today.

Green Party Co Leader James Shaw announced the party’s Green Infrastructure Fund election priority in Auckland today.

“Working people have been campaigning in union for a just transition internationally – a dedicated plan to ensure working people are supported to shift their skills and experience into clean jobs that allow us to more rapidly decarbon our economy,” said CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard.

“‘There are no jobs on a dead planet’ has been our rallying cry. We support a plan to boost jobs in the clean technology and infrastructure industries. Government has an important role to play in this area, both in terms of using their purchasing power in government procurement to support its employment, social and environmental objectives, and also in initiatives like the one signalled by the Greens today.”

“The National Government regularly points out that thousands of new jobs are being created in New Zealand each month, but as our comprehensive 2013 document Under Pressure showed – many jobs are insecure and poor quality, one-third by our estimates.”

“Many of the jobs in extractive industries have been reliable, decent paying jobs which have helped to maintain the communities and regions around these industries.”

“We will want to make sure jobs in the emerging clean techology sector are good, secure jobs too – and the Green Party’s support for stronger work rights including broader uptake of working people bargaining collectively will help this,” Huggard said.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election