New Zealanders need time to upskill for climate change
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard says today that he is worried people working in New Zealand
don’t realise how much their livelihoods are at risk from climate change.
"The Stocktake Report from the Climate Change Adaptation Working Group, released by the Government today, shows that we
haven’t had the conversations we need with working people about climate change. I think a lot of Kiwis would be
horrified to know that our biggest employing sectors like primary industries and tourism are about to have a radical
shake-up. It’s reasonable that New Zealanders need time to process the enormous impact climate change will have on their
families and livelihoods."
"The previous Government left unions entirely out of the equation when preparing this report. As a result there is lack
of focus on the climate impacts on employment, incomes, careers and the readiness of working people. Unions are the
pathway to engaging working people in preparing for changes to their jobs, their communities and regional economies.
Unions are ready to work with Government on a plan for a Just Transition that protects incomes and gives working people
the skills they need for future-proof jobs."
"We are looking forward to engaging with the new Minister for Climate Change soon on the next steps for a Just
Transition for New Zealand. Lessons learned from overseas show the more input working people have into the adaptation
process, the better the outcomes for them and their communities."