Greening Auto Jobs

Greening Auto Jobs

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Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution details current and problematic understandings of what constitutes a qgreen job.q Adopting an approach grounded in critical political economy, this book presents a framework to scrutinize the green job solution and the theoretical framework which overwhelmingly informs contemporary green job creation efforts and ecological modernization. The text also explores the tensions that encircle the world of work and environmental action, often referred to as qjobs versus the environment, q by detailing the conflicting commitments of political-economic actors to the idea of green job creation. These conflicts are outlined through an examination of the political-economic debate that has surrounded the Australian Governmenta€™s environmental plans from 2008 to 2012 and the conflicting positions of Australian trade unions on environmentally transitioning the world of work. Interviews with key political-economic actors provide in-depth and nuanced understandings of the varied perspectives of political and union leaders in Australia. The second part of the book presents a detailed case study of the posited green job solution within the specific context of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry. The case study is also informed by interviews with key industry, union, and policymakers. The automotive industry is scrutinized not only because it has expressed going green as important to its long-term economic future, but because the Australian Government declared that its $6.2 billion qNew Car Plan for a Greener Futureq policy would create green jobs. Therefore, the book engages with the task of examining the three multinational vehicle producers operating in Australiaa€”Ford, GM Holden, and Toyotaa€”and how they have responded and engaged with the idea of green jobs, greening the manufacturing process, and the vehicles they produce in Australia.Toyota Before the a#39;New Car Plan for a Green Futurea#39; policy was even finalized, the Rudd government and the Victorian ... This means that the engines, transmissions, and battery packs for the hybrid Camry arrive completely finished and ready to be placed in the vehicle (King 2010a:11). ... Ford Ford Australia and Senator Carr announced on July 24, 2009, that Ford would develop a new green engineanbsp;...

Title:Greening Auto Jobs
Author: Caleb Goods
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2014-08-07

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