Following Motion adopted at our AMM by Brecon and Rdanorshire Labour Party:-
Following the successful adoption by the TUC at its September 2017 conference of the resolution "Defence, Jobs and Diversification", we call on the Labour Party to set up a shadow Defence Diversification Agency (DDA) as a priority.
Key foreign policy goals of the Labour Party include multilateral nuclear disarmament and the control of the same arms to regimes with poor humanitarian records. A shadow DDA, in collaboration with a National Investment Bank and National Education Service, will work with all involved in the arms and nuclear weapons industries to prepare plans for conversion to alternative, socially useful products, such as green energy generation by off-shore wind and tidal power.
The announcement in October 2017 by BAE Systems of plans to axe 2,000 jobs shows once again that not only are these plants producing weapons which can have devastating humanitarian consequences and, through the desire to sell, mute UK criticism of human rights violations, but that jobs in the arms industry are not secure.
The DDA will help fulfill a future Labour government's longer-term goals of an ethical foreign policy, of nuclear disarmament through support of the UN global ban on nuclear weapons and of the provision of secure, sustainable jobs.