Monthly Archives: September 2009

Climate Change: What is a Just Transition?

Changement climatique: Qu’est-ce une transition juste? * Cambio climático: Qué es una transición justa? * Climate Change: What is a Just Transition?  The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has developed a short guide “to raise awareness among decision makers and the general public on the need for a ‘Just Transition’ in the context of climate [...]
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Cambio climático: Qué es una transición justa?

La Confederación Sindical Internacional desarrolló un volante que tiene por objetivo sensibilizar a los negociadores y al público sobre la necesidad de asegurar una « transición justa » en el marco de las políticas de cambio climático. La « transición justa » busca garantizar la justicia social en la necesaria transformación de nuestras sociedades hacia [...]
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Changement climatique: Qu’est-ce une transition juste?

La Conféderation Syndicale International a développé un dépliant cherchant à sensibiliser les décideurs et au public sur la nécessité d’assurer une « transition juste » dans le cadre des politiques de changement climatique. La « transition juste » a pour objectif d’assurer la justice sociale dans la nécessaire transformation de nos societés vers des formes [...]
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‘Green hotel’ claim is dangerous greenwashing

A jobs agency supplying workers to a top US hotel chain is imposing debilitating work rates on the out-sourced staff while boasting the measures are creating a “green hotel”. Rick Holliday, president of the temporary agency Hospitality Staffing Solutions, told the Boston Globe he has given the formerly directly employed Hyatt housekeepers a “start’’ on [...]
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Net jobs gain from a low carbon economy

Tens of millions of new jobs could be created by governments investing in low carbon technologies, according to a new report published by the Global Climate Network. The report argues that the bolder government policies to promote rapid growth in climate-friendly innovations and industries are, the higher the likelihood of a net increase in jobs, with new [...]
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Green jobs can hurt just the same

Green jobs can be indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts, particularly if you are on the receiving end of bad management, as injured workers can attest. Unite member Stanley Gibbons, 66, a fitter working for a metals recycling firm, was left with a damaged left shoulder after being forced to carry out heavy manual work despite [...]
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Climate change rules mean new jobs

Global leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Summit can create millions of jobs if they introduce effective legislation on climate change, a top campaign group has said. Following  US President Barack Obama’s address  at the meeting, the Blue Green Alliance executive director David Foster said: “President Obama’s speech today to the United Nations Climate [...]
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China: Not so green solar energy?

Solar panels, one of the most commonly touted solutions to the world’s climate woes, may have a less shiny record than first appears. Stephen Chen, writing on 10 September in the South China Morning Post warns that the production of solar panels involved a shockingly large consumption of energy. And the workers making them could [...]
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Maintenance worker dies at UK wind farm

A contractor has died while carrying out maintenance work on a turbine at a wind farm near Thurso, Scotland. The BBC reported emergency services were called to the Npower Renewables site at Causeymire off the A9 road on the morning of Wednesday 16 September. Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said it was called [...]
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US green jobs could mean more union jobs

For Mario Ciardelli, a member of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 683 in Columbus, Ohio, the issue of green jobs is important because it could mean new jobs for workers with skills in electrical work. Ciardelli was one of the 80 people who attended a breakout forum on “Building a Green Jobs Economy from The Ground [...]
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