Book Chapter (Open Access): Climate Action via Just Transitions Across the Island of Ireland: Labour, Land and the Low-Carbon Transition

This book chapter, written by Prof. John Barry, Damian McIlroy, Sinéad Mercier, and Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, and published in "The Climate Crisis: Ireland's Response" critically analyses policy proposals that safe, secure and well-paid green jobs can only be maintained by strong unions, and that bargaining power through unionisation is a vital component to achieving a just transition from ‘actually existing unsustainability’. It explores examples of ‘unjust transition’ in the Republic and Northern Ireland and the importance in both jurisdictions of an explicit focus on a ‘just transition for agriculture’. While the idea of a just transition most often applies to workers in the energy sector, in Ireland, the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the agricultural sector.