Fair Pay, Clean Energy: Building Trades Forges a Just Transition with New Tax Credit Mandate
November 10, 2023
Manitoba Building Trades, through its partnership with Canada’s Building Trades Unions, is delivering a significant victory for workers AND the environment by maximizing return on Hydro investments with the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Tax Credit program. Including prevailing union wages in the Federal Clean Energy Tax Credits is a groundbreaking move towards a more equitable and sustainable future.
Manitoba Building Trades stands with Premier Kinew and Minister Freeland on the announcement of prevailing union wage requirements in the Federal Clean Energy Tax Credit program, expected to be applied to over $400 million worth of hydro investments in the province.
Championing Workers’ Rights in the Clean Energy Revolution:
The recent commitment by the Government of Canada to mandate prevailing union wages, including benefits and pension contributions, in the Federal Clean Energy Tax Credits is a testament to the dedication of Manitoba Building Trades and Canada’s Building Trades Unions to uphold fair labour practices and prioritize the well-being of workers in the transition to cleaner energy sources. This victory reflects our commitment to fostering a just transition that benefits both the workforce and the planet.
Why Prevailing Union Wages Matter:
Prevailing union wages are a cornerstone of our advocacy for workers’ rights. By ensuring fair compensation for those driving the clean energy revolution, we are promoting economic justice and elevating the quality of jobs in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. This move aligns seamlessly with our vision for a just transition—one that leaves no worker behind as we collectively navigate towards a more sustainable future.
A Just Transition in Action:
The inclusion of prevailing union wages in the Federal Clean Energy Tax Credits is a tangible step towards a just transition. It signifies a commitment to an inclusive and fair pathway as we navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to cleaner energy. By prioritizing workers, we are laying the foundation for a more resilient and equitable society.
What This Means for Manitoba Building Trades Members:
For our valued members, this announcement means increased job security, fair compensation, and a voice at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. Manitoba Building Trades will continue to stand unwaveringly as a driving force, ensuring that workers’ rights remain a top priority in the pursuit of sustainability.
We recognize that there is still much work to be done. We remain committed to advocating for policies that promote a just transition, fair labour practices, and a sustainable future for all.