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Priority 3: Sustainable development and industrial policy


The application of Directive (EU) 2018/851 amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (the Waste Framework Directive) will involve a change in production models. This will in turn oblige unions to recalibrate their actions, with particular reference to new professional skills. This new production vision promoting the lowest-possible use of raw materials and the reuse and recycling of secondary materials and production waste requires a new vision of workers’ roles in protecting the environment and their role as consumers. Trade unions must be prepared for this paradigm shift.

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First of all, to inform trade unionists about the new directive and the procedures it provides. They will have to know the new professional skills necessary for new production models, partly already identified by studies conducted by the former Isfol (Institut pour le développement de la formation professionnelle des travailleurs).  They will have to be able to define the new contractual strategies, and to plan awareness-raising initiatives on these issues within their unions and for public and private bodies.