The Derby City Council’s climate change and energy management teams are under threat, once again. The Council is proposing to cut this part of the services by £110,000 over three years.
At a time when energy costs are soaring and severe weather events are impacting greatly on people’s lives, both here and around the world, for Derby City Council to even consider cutting these budgets, with the likelihood of staff losing their jobs, is bizarre. Continue reading Protect Derby City Council’s climate change and energy management team
This story explores how climate activists can work alongside trade unionists in what was at first appearance merely an ‘industrial’ dispute, about jobs.
In June 2011 the news came through that the Canadian multinational Bombardier had not won the Thameslink contract. The implications for employment and Derby were horrendous, the direct loss of 1400 jobs in Derby, and many more indirectly in the region. This decision was made with no consideration given to the social & economic impact on the UK in awarding this contract overseas. The loss of the contract could have led to the shutdown of the last railway manufacturing plant in Britain, and one might argue that this has not happened because of the mighty fight back by members of the public and the unions. Continue reading Bombardier
Here is a report on the bombardier rally , which was brilliant, in yesterday’s Derby Telegraph.
The report says that “MORE than 200 people turned out last night for a public meeting in support of Bombardier, at which they were told that the fight to save city rail jobs was very much alive….” Generally the report is very good so do have a read, however, for the record, the number was closer to 150 people.
Many speakers made references to the environment, and the potential role of railways in combating climate change.
The intention is to set up a community support group in Derby, and to ask people up and down the country to support Bombardier meetings. If you are interested let us know.
More information to follow about things that you can do.
Secretary Derby Climate Coalition