"Climate, Jobs, Justice: Making the Just Transition Happen" — an online conference by the Scottish Just Transition Partnership
August 31, 2021
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This Thursday, September 2, 2021, the Scottish Just Transition Partnership will host on important online conference bringing together many of the most important voices from around the world on "just transition" — from the labor movement and beyond.

The conference will take place this Thursday, September 2, from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm BST (UK). Please find your local time here. Register here.

Featured speakers include: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation; Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress; Matthew Crighton, Secretary of the Just Transition Partnership; Sam Mason, Policy Officer at Public and Commercial Services Union; Sean Sweeney, Coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy; and many others. The full list of speakers is below.

The conference will also highlight the Just Transition Partnership 2021 Manifesto, which is available here.

From the conference announcement:

Actions to stop climate emissions can create good jobs and improve everyone’s lives. But, done wrongly, it could instead entrench trends towards precarious work and economic inequality, while risking a backlash against climate action.

Justice has to be built in - a just transition is essential!

Cutting through the greenwash from governments which talk about just transition but aren’t delivering it, this event will explore how business-as-usual is failing, and how public controls can steer the economy so that our planet and our people can be protected.

With the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November, this is the time and the place for these debates. We’ll hear from keynote speakers from around the world and draw on the experiences of the Just Transition Partnership, set up by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Scottish Trade Union Congress in 2016, with an assessment of the Scottish Just Transition Commission’s final report and the Partnership’s concerns over government failure to act.

The full program and speakers are:Program:

  • It’s Time for a Just Transition
  • A Global Struggle for Justice
  • Just Transition Challenges in Scotland
  • Breakouts:
  • Just Transition in Energy?
  • Just Transition in Transport?
  • Getting it right in the workplace
  • Transforming the economy
  • Climate Policy which works for all
  • Just Transition, the COP and the climate movement
  • Government spend on just transition


  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Asad Rehman, Director, War on Want and COP26 Coalition
  • Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress
  • Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International
  • Stephen Smellie, Vice-Convenor, UNISON Scotland
  • Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
  • Dave Moxham, STUC
  • Mary Church, Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Jackson Cullinane, Unite the Union
  • Hazel Nolan, GMB Scotland
  • Laurie Macfarlane, economist, UCL
  • Mika Minio-Palluelo, Transition Economics
  • Matthew Crighton, Secretary, Just Transition Partnership
  • Ryan Morrison, FoE Scotland
  • Francis Stuart, STUC
  • Ellie Harrison, Get Glasgow Moving
  • Jo Rees, Wales TUC
  • Richard Hardy, Prospect
  • Sam Mason, PCS
  • Eurig Scandrett, UCU

Again, the conference will take place this Thursday, September 2, from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm BST (UK). Please find your local time here. Register here.In solidarity,

The TUED team