The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) wrote a letter to the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to ask for urgent meetings with the aim to discuss how to reinforce the social partners’ involvement in the design, governance and implementation of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the Recovery Plan, at both European and national levels. ETUC also insists on ensuring that respect of social dialogue, collective bargaining and workplace democracy are binding conditions for funding.
Reacting to President von der Leyen’s State of the European Union address, IndustriAll reiterated its warning that the increase of the EU’s climate ambitions for 2030 could risk a significant social backlash if not built on just transition principles. Workers in the mining, energy and manufacturing industries need “concrete and comprehensive sectoral roadmaps to smooth their transition to carbon neutrality by 2050. These must now also address the increased 2030 ambition. For each sector we need to know the investment needs, technological options, missing infrastructures, and skills requirements related to reaching carbon neutrality”.
The ETUC, with the help of EPSU, published a new Guide for Trade Unionists on Adaptation to Climate Change and the world of work. This guide is a useful tool for unionists to understand the effects of climate change on workers and highlights adaptation measures that are required. EPSU supports the importance of addressing climate change and wants to see that the EU Recovery from the pandemic leads to a fair, green, social and democratic EU. Investments in and funding of public services and infrastructures will be critical in managing the transition.