Urgent action to Stop the Edmonton Incinerator!

“Pause and Review” the Edmonton Incinerator and campaign for zero waste climate jobs now!

There is a big push on to stop the seven North London Waste Authority boroughs awarding a contract to the one sole remaining bidder, Acciona to build a larger incinerator at Edmonton instead of agreeing to the ‘pause and review” that pretty much everyone is asking for now. The next vote to progress this will take place at the NLWA meeting on 16 December and there is a huge push back on this.

Please try to join one of the following in-person actions asking for a “pause and review”:
Thursday 9 December 2021 19.00-20.30 Islington
Demo led by North London Campaign Against Climate Change 19.00 -20.00 at Islington Town Hall, N1 2UD
Thursday 9 December 2021 17.45-19.00 Enfield
Demo during Environmental Scrutiny Panel 17.45 at Enfield Civic Centre, EN1 6XA,
Thursday 9 December 2021 from 17.45 Waltham Forest
Demo at WF council meeting 19.00 -20.00 at Waltham Forest Town Hall, E17 4JF
Monday 13 December 2021, 17.30-18.30 Hackney
Demo led by Sustainable Hackney 17.30-18.30 at Hackney Town Hall, E8 1EA
Thursday 16 December 2021 NLWA -14.00 onwards
All campaigners to meet outside and lobby the NLWA meeting 14.00.
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Climate change, COP26, zero carbon economy and job creation

Our branch’s motion to UCU Congress was composited with others and passed
Votes in favour 220
Votes against 4
Registered abstentions 4

The COP26 talks in Glasgow in November 2021 come at a crucial time. According to a recent report by the Environment Agency, climate change is hitting the ‘worst case scenario’. This means hotter temperatures, more extreme weather conditions, drought, famine, ecosystem destruction, biodiversity loss and much more. And as always it will be communities in the Global South who feel the worst impacts.

While we welcome any action to deal with the climate crisis, we need to beware false solutions that focus on the market or billionaires to rescue us. That is why the mobilisations for the COP26 – in Glasgow and in local towns and cities – are crucial. And it is important that trade unions are at the heart of these mobilisations, calling for climate justice, a just transformation for workers and one million climate jobs.Read on ...

TUC LESE Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network

Newsletter

The first Newsletter of the TUC London, East & South East Region  Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network can be downloaded here..

Articles on

  • Silvertown Tunnel – Stop Digging
  • Students and workers of the world unite – there is no planet B
  • Book Review: Andreas Malm, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
  • CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CARIBBEAN
  • RMT statement on report that green energy will be main source of offshore employment by 2030
  • Debate
    • The Case for the Renewal of North London Waste Authority Edmonton Incinerator
    • Opposing the Rebuild of the Edmonton Incinerator
  • Diary of Events

Opposing the Rebuild of the Edmonton Incinerator

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA), on behalf of the seven north London boroughs, plans to replace the current incinerator with a new, much bigger version which will burn rubbish that could otherwise be recycled. The toxic pollution, including tiny particle pollution, from this new incinerator will harm everyone who lives, works and studies nearby. The waste incinerator sits in one of the poorest areas of the country, where air pollution already breaches legal limits. UK waste incinerators are three times more likely to be in deprived areas.

The incinerator is an environmental disaster. Waste incinerators currently release an average of around 1 tonne of CO2 for every tonne of waste incinerated. The release of CO2 from incinerators makes climate change worse and comes with a cost to society that is not paid by those incinerating waste. Over the next 30 years, the total cost to society of fossil CO2 released by UK’s current incinerators will equate to more than £25 billion pounds of harm arising from the release of around 205 million tonnes of fossil CO2.Read on ...

ZERO COVID

  • A Zero Covid strategy is an alternative to the chaotic policy of “living with the virus”, with its on-off lockdowns, needless deaths and illnesses, failed, privatised services, and damage to livelihoods.
  • This requires a lockdown until cases are low enough for a publicly run Test, Trace and Support system to locate the remaining cases.
  • Making a lockdown effective requires financial support and resources to empower collective discipline and social solidarity rather than crude police enforcement.
  • Only workplaces with Covid Safe certification should be allowed to open until it is safe for restrictions to be lifted. Until cases are low enough, all non-essential workers should be supported to stay at home. The HSE must undertake effective enforcement
  • To prevent transmission from international travel, hotel quarantine must be provided for everyone who travels to Britain.
  • We encourage members to participate in the ZERO COVID campaign

UCU Congress Climate Motion 2021

Conference recognises that a zero-carbon economy has huge implications for the jobs of UCU members. Job creation and measures needed to meet climate targets must be a central focus for UCU strategy. We call upon the NEC to:

  1. Support the COP26 coalition. Mobilise for Glasgow and G7 events by supporting branches climate solidarity action with students, unions, and campaign organisations
  2. Review UCU activity and infrastructure and draw up a plan for the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions with a progress report to the 2022 conference
  3. Review all UCU training programmes and Branch guidance to ensure that the appointment of Green Reps and Green New Deal (GND) bargaining is referenced.
  4. Provide guidance to branches on engagement with local and regional authorities around green jobs and skills
  5. Establish a Climate Action Network with a formal role in UCU structure
  6. Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance

The foreign and defence review

This branch condemns the government’s preposterous and wasteful ‘Indo-Pacific’ defence strategy which involves increased expenditure on  nuclear warheads. We call on UCU to campaign for more rational expenditure on such areas as combating climate change, an internationally just distribution of anti-pandemic measures and increased UK foreign aid.

GP Practices: Privatisation by Stealth

This branch is appalled that privatisation is already hitting our GP surgeries without any consultation. We note Prof. Allyson Pollock’s recent warning that 49 GP surgeries would suddenly be under the control of  “Integrated Care Systems” (ICSs) run by an American health insurance corporation called Centene (In Islington, Hanley Rd. And Mitchison Rd. GPs)
The aim of these ICSs is both to centralise and to save spending (especially on “frail, vulnerable” and elderly patients), de-skill professional health jobs,cut staff training, conditions and contracts
ICSs mean a major re-organisation of the NHS into 42 regions, under cover of the Covid pandemic. It will rid our government of  the local CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) – made up largely of  medically-qualified locals. ICSs also mean an end to our local councillors’ ability to refer back  decisions to the Tory Gvt which our cllrs  believe will damage local patients.  Government clearly wants an end to what remains of local accountability and democracy in our NHS.… Read on ...