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12 May 2015

Intl. Trade Union Confederation

ITUC briefing calls for strong climate action & just transition for workers to a low carbon economy

"Climate Justice: Unions 4 Climate Action", May 2015

There are no jobs on a dead planet. Climate action is a trade union issue. We have a vital role to play to protect jobs in existing workplaces and industries by demanding and bargaining for industrial transformation, to organise new quality jobs in the emerging green economy and to fight for the Just Transition measures that ensure we leave no one behind. This means work for our pension funds too. It means investing for the long-term.

2015 is a year for the trade union movement to work on three tracks to secure jobs and our planet:

  • A strong global agreement in Paris which paves the way for a jobs and investment boom and for preventing climate catastrophes in our communities. This requires national pledges and commitments that are ambitious. We will hold a global lobby week in the first week of June.
  • Climate action in workplaces and industries with workers and unions through awareness raising, dialogue, consultation and collective bargaining to drive workplace change.
  • A global union summit in Paris in September where we will assess global progress and showcase industry/workplace change.