Last week in Paris, during the 13th European Trade Union Confederation Congress, Trade Union leaders called for an ambitious climate deal at the upcoming UN climate summit (COP21), at the end of the year.
The union leaders were photographed with a sign reading ‘Our jobs depend on our planet’. Furthermore, a manifesto was approved, calling on “the world governments to agree a binding, international climate protection agreement in Paris in 2015. Europe should work for a just transition towards a sustainable green economy, creating quality jobs and enhancing green skills”. Additionally, an amendment along the same lines calls for the implementation of financial support mechanisms for regions and sectors which depend on carbon-intensive activities to secure the future of the workers present in these areas.
During the congress, the ETUI organized a fringe meeting on ‘the social-ecological transition: challenges and responses’. The event analysed the process towards sustainable development and the implementation for a social - ecological transition integrating social progress. Trade unions are asked to play an active role in safeguarding workers’ rights while promoting a fair approach to the ecological transition.
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Béla Galgóczi (ETUI)
Éloi Laurent (OFCE) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI)
Mike Scott, freelance journalist