Cosatu: Jobs before environment

2011-12-08 22:43

Durban - The transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy should not be allowed to cause job losses, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said on Thursday.

"We need a just transition which will not lead to job losses. We need a transition that will create jobs," he said.

Dlamini was speaking during a meeting organised for President Jacob Zuma to give feedback on a consultation session with civil society organisations.

It took place on the sidelines of the 17th Conference of Parties (Cop17) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Durban.

Dlamini said the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) was worried that a move to renewable energy would bring about huge job losses.

"We believe that the transition will be very important. We need to defend the current jobs during the transition."

He said Cosatu was not happy that the next climate change talks would be held in Qatar, saying that country was notorious for being unsympathetic to workers' rights.

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-09 10:43

    Pointless having jobs when the environment you live in is ruined? Anyway, it seems plenty of jobs will be created trying to fix the mess we're in. Just less jobs that contribute towards human self destruction, like coal mining.

      Ernst - 2011-12-09 13:00

      Well said.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 11:23

    Now theres REAL african logic for you-by the time they get the fossil fuel problem eliminated there wont be a world to work on. Very selfish! However not at all surprising!

  • richard.fahrenfort - 2011-12-09 12:28

    Welcome to Africa. It's pretty here but we don't think long term! Party comes before state, jobs comes before environment and liberation comes before education...

  • Kobus - 2011-12-09 12:38

    Typical brain dead person!

  • Michael - 2011-12-09 12:49

    Really? It is amazing how the uniformed form such baseless opinions. First, are you telling 20 million people, tough luck we need to save the environment so we won't be creating any jobs? Second, renewable energy is more expensive which directly increases costs of production of goods and services which leads to job LOSSES. Third, do you know what the cost to society would be to eliminate our carbon footprint? Almost every model constructed and presented has shown that it will cost MORE to reduce our carbon footprint than the losses arising from global warming. Put simply the world would fall apart if we all "go green". While I don't support most of what Dlamini says, in this case he speaks sense. If you were in jobless and struggling to feed your family, global warming would seem very insignificant!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-09 13:20

      So thats it then, everything is measured purely in rands and cents? Just means that in the future, when the planet is klaar, the humans that cop it will at least die with slightly fatter wallets. Hmmm ... that makes sense. Sorry Michael, you know us "uninformed" okes don't understand reality, can't help it.

      skootzie - 2012-02-05 16:03

      You seem to think that humanity is more important than the planet we live on .. rather an arrogant point of view. If we kill this planet (which is what we are doing), what good is our "oh-so-important" economy. I love my family to bits and would kill/die for them, but I'm not so arrogant or high and mighty to place them above the well-fare of an entire planet of life. But I wouldn't expect someone of your "informed" opinions and intellect us lowly stupids.

      skootzie - 2012-02-05 16:04

      Correction: "But I wouldn't expect someone of your "informed" opinions and intellect to understand us lowly stupids."

  • kimkellyb - 2011-12-09 12:49

    O M W how doff is this? im stopping myself from falling of my chair! look if the government is to dense to understand this let me clear the air. If we do not save our environment there will be no use creating jobs because we will all die from toxic air, foods, waste products, poisened water, consumables causing pregnant woman to deliver defects in babies etc. its a never ending cycle. I am HUGE and conservation and i really feel that this is another stupid attempt for the government to sound like "big bosses" - honestly..... some people!

  • Ernst - 2011-12-09 17:34

    Eish, livable climate, buy food.

  • flysouth - 2011-12-12 14:26

    There is no possible way to transform the global economy, or SA's economy to one of sustainability without massive job losses. This is why the developed nations largely oppose many measures, and certainly those with legal implications, aimed at putting the developing world in the driver's seat, as they know that demands for measures from countries with almost no discernable economies, relatively speaking, will tend to reduce their resources, jobs and wealth, in favour of boosting those of the developing world. And who can blame them?

  • bennirak - 2012-02-05 01:34

    It's easy to feel unsympathetic towards the masses of people and families who will be affected by these job losses. Especially if you yourself is sitting pretty in your middleclass existence. "I'm okay, tough luck to you Joe". I feel that people should come first. Saving the planet is fantastic, but not at the expence of the poor. Industry should pursue creative and innovative solutions that will benefit both people and the environment.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-05 09:49

      Maybe if they striked less they would realise that strike = loss of capital to company = less increase in salary = retrenchment We should look at the bigger picture and FIRST sort out the problems we already sitting with before starting to kill off our natural invorenment. The poor will stay poor as long as they keep on having children that they cannot support and education also goes a very long way when one WANTS to work. Ohhhh...hell, yes give them everything, every tree, every animal, they can even have the bloody rocks and when all of it is gone? Who is going to cry? YOU! I can hear your children asking you why they have to wear masks and cannot go outside....your answer? "Hey know we had to kill off everything to feed people that died some 10 years ago of STARVATION and we just basicaly killed our ozone because we really needed to chop of trees so that we could make space for thousands of people you see Sweety...Mommy is really sorry I did not fight for "saving the planet" THAT is why you need to wear that mask and you cannot go out in the sun...sorry my baby - here have your vegetable tablet"

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