Trade union TUC has set the UK government a target of creating one million more manufacturing and high-tech jobs by 2030.
The brief is detailed in the group’s latest report, ‘All Tomorrow’s Jobs’, which looks at industrial policy in the UK, Germany, Italy and the EU and lays out priority policies that would help deliver this target, including:
- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) should be required to develop local growth strategies, based on their specific strengths, joining with other LEPs where it this makes sense geographically. LEPs should work with trade unions at the local level to develop these strategies.
- The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together UK researchers and businesses as part of a £4.7bn government investment in R&D over four years. At least a third of ISCF money must be directed towards investments which are known to provide quality employment.
- After leaving the European Union, the UK must retain barrier-free, tariff-free, frictionless trade in goods and ensure that workers continue to be protected by EU levels of rights. The TUC believes that the best option available to achieve this is continued membership of the EU single market and customs union although we are open to alternatives.
A statement by the group read: “There are two common views of UK manufacturing. One looks back nostalgically and concludes Britain ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’. The other looks forward fearfully and concludes that, although the industry will survive, new technology means there will be fewer and fewer jobs.
“But at the TUC we know manufacturing is a vital part of our economy. And we believe the need to tackle global warming and the progress of sectors like robotics and artificial intelligence can reboot the industry.”
The TUC was founded in 1868, and brings together more than 5.6 million working people who make up its 48 member unions.