Events / News

Forthcoming events 

Saturday 23 June, 10am- 4pm, Dublin

Just Transition, Climate Jobs: Liberty Hall, Dublin,
Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims are speaking at this conference, organised by Green Foundation Ireland (GFI), the SIPTU and Dublin Council of Trade Unions.  It is part of a Green European Foundation project on climate jobs which is being co-ordinated by Green House.  Green House is currently working with GFI on estimating the numbers of jobs that would be created by a transition to a zero-carbon economy in each region of Ireland and the results of that work will be presented at the conference.
More information will be available shortly on the Green Foundation Ireland website

https://www.greenhousethinktank.org/events.html

Friday 29th June 2018. Blackpool

Climate Jobs & Anti-Fracking Campaign workshop at Preston New Road fracking protest site

Speaker Jonathan Essex, Green Party/New Lucas Plan

Time to be confirmed

Saturday 21st July 2018 in Derby

New Lucas Plan Strategy Day; all day event

Venue to be confirmed

New Lucas Plan Regional events

At the end of 2017 we agreed to work on the idea of having several regional events in 2018 rather than another national conference as in 2016. The purpose of the regional events would be to involve activists in the regions to organise local meetings, bring in people from their local groups to discuss the ideas of the New Lucas Plan and to take those ideas forward in their regional group activities.

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Past events

2018

Tuesday 22nd May. Bristol

Screening of the film ‘The Plan’. By Bristol Radical History Group & Bristol North West Labour Party

Hilary Wainwright will also be introducing her new book; ‘A New Politics from the Left’.

Time; 7.30 pm, BAWA Events Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Bristol B534 7RG

April 29 in Manchester; talk by Sam Mason of New Lucas Plan working group at Jobs Not Bombs – An industrial strategy for peace, hosted by Manchester CND 

March 10: workshop at Jobs & Climate: Planning for a Future that Doesn’t Cost the Earth

Organised by Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group

Friday 23rd February 7.00pm at the Hive, Worcester.  Screening of The Plan

A screening of Steve Sprung’s film The Plan about the Lucas Plan, with a talk by John Routley, one of the members of the Lucas Aerospace Combine.

New Lucas Plan December 2017 update

With some delays, due to the political situation and a snap election, we held a strategy day of discussion with over twenty participants on 1st July to develop a plan to take forward the outcomes of the conference.  From this we have launched the New Lucas Plan project to take forward the pioneering ideas of the Lucas Plan that are as much – if not more – needed today as they were in the 1970’s.

Four working groups arising out of the conference have been meeting since the beginning of the year to take forward the different strands of the conference which now form part of the new project. These are:

  • Arms Conversion/Defence Diversification
  • Just Transition
  • Automation/Robots
  • Local Planning

An overarching strategy paper Another Economy is Possible linking the four groups has been developed. The main aim is to develop the ideas of and build support for socially useful production, popular planning for social need and democratic control of technology, by expanding our networks in the trade union, green/alternative economics and cooperative movements. We are aiming to develop local, regional and national policies and plans e.g. for industrial strategy, through bottom-up democratic processes and to make arms conversion/defence diversification and Just Transition government policy.  Copies of the strategy and information on the work of the New Lucas Plan, including the working groups, can be obtained by contacting Dave King dave@breakingtheframe.org.uk.

Please get involved! The New Lucas Plan is about building a movement from below.  If you are not already involved in a working group or on the main discussion list and would like to be, please contact Dave King. If you would like anyone from the New Lucas Plan project to speak at a meeting you are organising, or would like copies of our new flyer to distribute, please get in touch.

Events/film screenings

We organised fringe meetings at the TUC Congress and the Anarchist Bookfair and had input into green jobs events at the Green Party and in Aberdeen. There have been two screenings of The Plan at the Mayday Rooms in London. Steve Sprung, the film maker, is still working on final edits and issues of distribution, but we hope to be able to say more on this early in the New Year

Shadow Defence Diversification Agency – TUC Congress motion

At TUC Congress in September, a motion calling for a shadow Defence Diversification Agency to be set up was passed, significantly with support of the Unite union. This is an important step. A lot of people worked to achieve this, but major credit should go to Newcastle TUC which drove the motion through the Northern Area TUC and the National Trades Councils Congress, before being selected for debate at the national TUC.  Full details of the text can be seen on the Campaign against the Arms Trade website.

Website/Publications

Work is currently underway to redesign the website to reflect the ongoing project.  This will retain links to Lucas Plan archive material (which is currently being digitised) and the conference, but will be more focused on the new project working groups, and ways to get involved. We’ll send another email on this once it’s all live. We will shortly publish a pamphlet on the Lucas Plan and the themes of the current project.