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After COP26 failure

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Photo: Paul Mattsson

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Lluis Bertolin, Birmingham south west Socialist Party

An agreement has been reached by the world's capitalist leaders at COP26. An agreement that does not take the measures needed to halt catastrophic climate change.

Based on nations' actual policies and measures, not their 'goals', global heating is set to reach 2.7C. At the beginning of the summit, world leaders said they hoped to agree to limit capitalism's heating effect to 1.5C. The consequences, without radical change, will be disastrous for millions of workers and poor.

After all the empty words and promises in Glasgow, the leaders of the world are travelling back to their countries to kiss the hands of polluting businesses and corporations. A promise of a cosy post at the corporation's administration council, or of some nice handsomely rewarded speaker's fees when they retire, often does the trick in making them forget what they said at these COP meetings. These are the very same corporations that use every trick in their playbook to exploit their employees.

Meanwhile, the future of young people is threatened by brutal shifts in the climate, precarious employment, low pay and unaffordable housing. Youth Fight for Jobs supports the creation of jobs that are well paid and socially useful; that means stable jobs in green industries.

And yet, the direction of this government is the direct opposite of that. They spent billions on furlough paying the employers' wage bill for them and imposing a 20% cut on workers. The Kickstart scheme is similar, 25 hours a week on minimum wage, paid for by the government, with no job at the end of it. Meanwhile there is a green skills shortage - training for green jobs just isn't readily available.

Green jobs

Instead of putting up public money to fund underpaid exploitative jobs and apprenticeships, the government could be funding the training of young people for green initiatives such as the creation of new woodland, reforming our heating and energy infrastructure, refurbishing and expanding public transport, or manufacturing parts for electric cars.

We just can't trust a system that demands profit above all else. Capitalism is unable, and the bosses unwilling, to take effective action to stop climate change. No sweet words at COP26 are going to change the nature of capitalism, even when it threatens to make the Earth unliveable.

To ensure we have a future, it is necessary to bring production and distribution under democratic public control, taking the wealth off the 1% that have profited from stealing our future and damning us to misery. Then the Earth's resources can be used not for the profits of a select minority, but for the benefit of humanity. There is no capitalism without climate change. Young people must unite and fight for our future, by joining the struggle for socialism.


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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:


NHS

Cuts drag NHS to brink

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

Fund the fight for socialism


News

London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike


COP26

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure


China

China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises


International

Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?

Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place


Workplace news

S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win 10.50 an hour

DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold

Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante

Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move

Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway

An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut

London couriers take action

St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers


Campaigns

Resisting evictions in east London

Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Why am I coming to Socialism 2021?

Birmingham People's Budget


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


 

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Related links:

Climate change:

triangleUnprecedented floods in British Columbia

triangleSunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Socialist change to reverse climate change

triangleThousands march in Glasgow and elsewhere to save the planet

triangleCapitalism's COP26 failure: socialist planning vital

Youth:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Youth fighting back by joining trade unions

triangleObituary - Pauline Wall

triangleKickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

triangleFight for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates

Socialist:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Do wage rises cause inflation?

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Socialist nationalisation - what it is and why we need it

triangleIt's my party, and I'll lie if I want to

Jobs:

triangleTheatre: Yes Yes UCS

triangle10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

Green:

triangleNews in brief

Capitalism:

triangleBritain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'

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