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ILO sounds the ‘death knell for asbestos’

A statement from a United Nations body confirming its desire to see the end of asbestos use worldwide is the ‘death knell’ for a substance which claims one life every five minutes around the clock, the global union confederation ITUC has said. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) this week warned in an official position statement […]
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Unions back ‘just transition’ to green transport

Transport workers must take responsibility for tackling climate change, their unions have agreed. The first-ever climate change conference of ITF, the global union federation for the sector, heard delegates urge ITF to develop sustainable means to achieve emission reductions from the transport industry. The conference, which preceded ITF’s congress in Mexico City this month and […]
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Support grows for just transition

A 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 […]
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Global employment rules – good for green jobs

The greening of industry, through the creation of new green jobs and the transformation of old grubby ones, will run a lot more smoothly and equitably if global rules are beefed up and more effectively enforced, a new report concludes. The November 2009 discussion paper from the Global Union Research Network (GURN), looks at how the […]
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Jobs are a climate change issue

The European Union is to support Just Transition, it seems. A 15 October Brussels coordinating conference of unions working on environmental issues heard an EU spokesperson reiterate that Europe is 100 per cent behind the inclusion of a Just Transition clause in the agreement to be sought at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen […]
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UK Green Party backs Just Transition

The UK’s Green Party is backing green jobs and just transition, and says the green economy plan should be formulated in consultation with trade unions. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, speaking at a just transition workshop at the party’s autumn conference, said the issue of green jobs and just transition are “enshrined” in the party’s manifesto. […]
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Environmental groups back Just Transition

Environmental groups are to back the international trade union call for a ‘Just Transition’ for those whose jobs are targeted for phase out as a result of December’s UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. The 3 October issue of ‘Eco’ [pdf], the news bulletin on climate change negotiations published by a network of environmental groups, includes […]
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Just transition on the global agenda

Trade unions are keeping on the pressure to ensure “Just Transition” remains on the agenda for December’s UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. Union representatives who will form part of the ITUC delegation at the Copenhagen meeting met this week with Michael Zammit Cutajar, who will chair the UN negotiations. The union side “expressed their […]
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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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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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