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Dozen labour organisations call for a ban on fracking

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Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, 11 July 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

More than 20 representatives from 12 labour organisations made what they called “a unified stand” today against the shale gas industry and in support of communities opposed to Cuadrilla’s site near Blackpool.

In a signed statement, they called for a million new climate jobs across the UK and a halt to fracking.

The signatories included officials from Unite and Unison, the UK’s two largest trades unions, along with the public and commercial services union, PCS, ranked at number six, and the Universities and College Union, the biggest further and higher education union in the world.

Other representatives included the General Secretary of the Transport and Salaried Staff Association, the President of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union and officials from trades union councils across north west England.

The statement coincided with a rally (pictured below) at Preston New Road, attended by unions and groups campaigning for fossil fuel divestment and renewable energy.

The statement said:

“As trade unionists representing tens of thousands of workers in the public and private sectors across the North West, we stand in solidarity with the community near Preston New Road in Lancashire who are defending their environment and local democracy.

“We stand firm that fracking should not be forced on our local communities”.

The statement described fracking as “a bad deal for Lancashire”.

“It poses risks to local people and workers, will worsen climate change, and will not bring the clean jobs and investment that we need.

“We are calling for a million new climate jobs across the UK, including investment in the vast renewable energy potential of the North West. This investment would create tens of thousands of new jobs, while reducing the devastating effects of climate change.

“We call for a halt to all fracking-  in line with Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, France, New York State and many other places around the world, which concluded that the risks are too great.”

Signatories

Paula Barker, Regional Convener, UNISON NW

Ian Hodson, President of BFAWU (Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union)

Clara Paillard, President of PCS Culture Group (Public & Commercial Services)

Zita Holbourne, PCS National Vice President

Manuel Cortez, General Secretary of TSSA

Michael McKrell, Chair, UCLan UCU

Mohammad Taj, Unite, former TUC President

Chris Baugh, PCS Assistant General Secretary

Janice Godrich, President of PCS Union

Martin Meyer, Unite the Union National Executive Committee & Secretary of Sheffield TUC

Peter Billington, Secretary, Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils

Dave Savage, Secretary, Preston & South Ribble TUC

Peter Thorne, Secretary, North East Lancashire TUC

Suzanne Jeffrey, UCU, Campaign Against Climate Change

Jonathan Neale, UCU & Campaign Against Climate Change TU group

Graham Petersen, UCU & Greener Jobs Alliance

Steven North, Secretary of Salford City UNISON

Stephen Hall, President of the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils

Philip Pearson, Unite the Union & Greener Jobs Alliance

Jenny Patient, Unite & the Union & Sheffield Climate Alliance

Steve Murphy, Unite the Union, Knowsley Trade Union Council Secretary

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  1. Working for Ian Crane are you Paul?
    He’s a terrible presenter and has some weird views. I am not a fan at all. He made one really good documentary in the past: ‘Voices from the Gas Field’ it’s worth viewing to get an Australian perspective on the issues around fracking – CSG (mainly) in their case – but the relevance to the UK is pretty clear, and mentioned specifically in places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3K0kV7UcME

    • CSG / CBM I recall – there is very little if any shale gas production in Australia. I am not an advocate of CBM.

          • 80% … drilling, casings, cementing, completions, fracking (simpler), pipeline distribution, condensers, trucking and all the above ground stuff pretty much the same. Methane is the product, fracking (as talked about in the doc) the process. Try again. They weren’t talking about underground combustion which is something else again.

            • So by this definition Tescos / Asda / M & S are up there also, trucking……

              The well construction is very different, the depths are very different, the targets are very different, the fluids used are very different, what is a condenser by the way (in this context)?

            • Condensers? sorry I meant compressors. Condensers are just one more thing you can add to the list for shale gas – another possible source of rogue emissions and noxious seeps.

            • CBM production involves depressurising the system by pumping out the water; eventually you get gas (if you’re lucky) Don’t know why you would want to frack.

            • Multi well pad sites, longer horizontal drilling and stimulation by hydraulic fracturing has made csg gas extraction more and more similar to shale hvhf developments in the last two decades.

    • Yes, I am on commission. It is worth following his Twitter account. The leading anti fracker at KM – King of the castle etc. Weird views? But most of the antis think he is the new Messiah? Saviour of the Planet and all that?

      • He’s mostly spot on when he’s on about the fracking industry, I admire his tenacity. But he stacks some pretty wild interpretations and conspiracy theories around his ‘geopolitical agenda’ topics – loses my interest at that point (nowhere near as bad as David Ike though).

  2. Interesting how Jo Jenkyns – at 29.30 – found herself in hospital beside several gas workers with the same symptoms Paul. I thought you said workers never got ill in your industry. They certainly cover it up well!

  3. While the Nato report mentioned in this particular link didn’t mention UK but the details of both nato and us reports clearly claims the interference was in both us and western eu including uk.

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