Support grows for just transition

Photo: Mick HolderA union-initiated proposal to get a ‘just transition’ clause in the text of any agreement at the Copenhagen climate change summit is attracting support. The measure aims to make sure sunsetting dirty industries doesn’t decimate industrial communities and replace an environment crisis with an economic crisis.

Global union confederation ITUC had already secured inclusion of the just transition clause in the draft ‘Shared Vision’ paper under discussion by delegates. And ahead of the summit, the European Union and Argentina had stated their support for a just transition clause in the agreement.

The latest backing for comes from the Norwegian government. Its submission says: “Norway is working for references to food safety and equality, and supports the inclusion of rights such as workers’ rights related to transitions (Just transition), participation in decision processes and local democracy.”

It adds: “It is important that the consideration for vulnerable groups needs are looked after in a transition process in the working life. Norway therefore supports the reference to a just transition in the text.”

ITUC is maintaining its own regularly updated Facebook group on Copenhagen negotiations. And TUC and AFL-CIO, the national union centres in the UK and USA respectively, are keeping tabs on proceedings via regularly updated blogs.

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