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2 Nov 2018


Spain: Unions win landmark deal for Just Transition from coal mining; incl. rights for workers & sustainable development for communities

"Spanish coal unions win landmark Just Transition deal", 1 Nov 2018

After years of struggle, Spanish mining unions have won a landmark deal for a Just Transition from coal mining, with sustainable development for mining regions... This follows years of union struggle as successive Spanish governments have tried to end subsidies to the mining industry and close mines, without reaching an agreement that met workers’ needs... The Just Transition deal replaces subsidies to the coal industry with a sustainable development plan... The deal covers eight companies with 12 production units in four regions of Spain... The highly detailed agreement has been praised by unions as a model, and provides a package of benefits to miners and their communities... An action plan will be created for each mining community, including plans for developing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency... Just Transition is a core union demand. Strong social protection programmes and sustainable industrial policies are needed to protect jobs while meeting carbon emissions targets...