The Welsh government has backed calls for a basic income for those working in industries such as oil, gas and steel, to help with the transition into green jobs.
The motion called for the current Welsh government’s Basic Income pilot for care leavers to be extended to workers employed in carbon intensive industries so they have a safety net when their jobs are phased out.
The Welsh government has committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, a transition that would require extreme scaling back of the country’s industrial sector such as the Port Talbot steelworks.
“The question is how we support the nearly 220,000 jobs across Wales in industries that will, as a consequence of our transition to net zero, inevitably cease to exist in the future?” Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds asked the Senedd.
“We cannot be bystanders while workers and communities undergo the most rapid and significant change in decades.”
Last month the Welsh government launched its universal basic income trial for care leavers, who have now received their first monthly no-strings-attached payment of £1,600.