Offshore outsourcing and cutting carbon emissions

The outcome of the climage change conference in Bali doesn’t exactly pave the way for huge cuts in carbon emissions.

Little wonder.

The government has made no hoo-haa about the offshore outsourcing of

Cadbury’s

The firm also plans to restructure its Bournville plant in Birmingham, leading to a further 200 job losses.

An estimated 500 jobs are set to be cut at Keynsham under proposals to move production to Poland.

Rolls-Royce

Workers at Rolls-Royce sites across the UK have joined a national protest in support of colleagues fighting to save its plant on Merseyside.
The public solidarity comes after Rolls-Royce bosses announced plans to close the factory on Dunningsbridge Road, Bootle, at a cost of 200 jobs.

More than 10,000 workers have signed a petition. Short protests were held at eight separate sites.

The plant is due to close next year, and production move to the US.

and Electrolux.

Production at the Electrolux site in Spennymoor, a major employer in the town, will be moved to Poland.

The plant has been making a loss for the past few years and is too uncompetitive, said the company.

It is the worst possible outcome for workers, who had hoped that up to 300 jobs could be saved following meetings with management earlier this week.

How can you cut pollution in the economy if manufacturing is being shifted out of the country?

Transportation adds to carbon emissions, but the profit gained from outsourcing to low-wage economies is what matters to the capitalist class, not the future of life on the planet…

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Brown’s greenwash

[Friday]

Within days of Gordon Brown making a speech designed to give him a green sheen, the subtext supposedly being that the government would have tougher carbon-emission targets, Ruth Kelly comes out with plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

So, here’s how it goes: Brown hints at something positive for the environment or the masses, or both. Then a week later a firm decision is made to plough ahead with something unpopular, but good for the ruling class…

McDonnell kicks off Heathrow fightback
by TOM MELLEN

HAYES and Harlington MP John McDonnell accused the government of “betrayal” over Heathrow expansion on Thursday and warned that it faces “the biggest environmental campaign in British history.”

Mr McDonnell, whose constituency includes Heathrow, said: “The government has betrayed the communities that will be devastated by this massive expansion of Heathrow airport and betrayed all those who believed the Prime Minister’s promises to tackle climate change.”

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has put out proposals for “consultation,” which include a third runway at the west London airport, a sixth terminal, changes to runway take-off and landing patterns and changes in the routes that Heathrow aircraft take.

The public has until February 27 to make its views known, but many believe that the government has already made up its mind, especially after Wednesday’s revelations that airport operator BAA had helped it to draw up the consultation documents.

Mr McDonnell stressed that proposals “go well beyond the plans set out in the original aviation white paper and will double the size of the airport.”

He predicted that the plans “will result in the forced clearance of up to 10,000 people from their homes, with the demolition of whole communities, homes, schools and churches.”

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Natalie Evans of the British Chambers of Commerce maintained that “the British economy is being held back by transport infrastructure that is not fit for purpose.”

Aviation union Unite official Brian Boyd agreed, saying that “London is in grave danger of losing out to Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam.”

Fellow aviation union GMB London regional secretary Ed Blissett also backed the expansion plans after meeting Aviation Minister Jim Fitzpatrick on Thursday morning.

But transport expert Christian Wolmar rubbished the idea that Britain’s economy would grind to a halt if Heathrow did not expand.

“The most rational policy would be to build an airport away from London connected by high-speed rail links,” Mr Wolmar said.

“Heathrow is in the wrong place and expansion will merely ensure it blights the lives of west Londoners for generations to come.”