Green jobs development is a major missed opportunity to provide work for some one million young unemployed people, says the GMB.
The money to fund green energy comes from UK consumers who have every right to expect that the government would have an industrial strategy in place to promote jobs, the union says
GMB, which is the union for energy workers, was commenting on a report published by trade body Renewable UK last week.
This indicated that there are 18,000 green jobs in the UK. That is far from sufficient, say critics, including environmentalists and charities.
Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary declared “ In our opinion this report gives the wrong impression on the number of green jobs that could be created in the UK.
"In fact the whole issue of green jobs is one massive missed opportunity for the UK to build up the green energy sector. These figures disguise the disgraceful lack of a proper strategy to promote the industry and the skills needed.
"Just take the Thames Array as an example," he went on. "It is our understanding that on this, one of the world’s largest wind farms, that the turbines and much of the Infrastructure was manufacture aboard and boats used to float the turbines into position were from the continent with a workforce also mainly from the continent.
"If government and the industry are serious about developing green jobs in the UK they would not allow this to be happening. The money to fund green energy comes from the bills of UK consumers who have no choice in the matter. They have every right to expect that the government that decreed that they should pay for green energy would have an industrial strategy in place to promote jobs to the nearly 1 million young workers out of work in the UK.
"This government is perfectly happy to promote the mixed economy when it comes to paying tax payers money to private sector corporations. However, when it comes to an industrial strategy to promote jobs and new industrial sectors, the government leaves it to the same corporations which spend the money importing much of the technology from overseas. This is completely out of order and not acceptable.”