March 8 is International Women´s Day. Our fight for rights, for social justice and more sustainable egalitarian societies continues - a fight that regretfully remains difficult.
We are not resigned to women being “frozen in time”. Unfortunately the gender pay gap has remained at the same level over the past 10 years. On average women are paid 18% less than their male counterparts. A new report published by the ITUC examines this, read it here.
The important role that women could play in the emerging green economy should not be ignored nor should the importance of ensuring women’s access to green jobs. Have a look at our interesting report on Women Workers and Green Jobs here.
Nepalese Sherpa Dorje Khatri, leader of Nepal’s trade union of Sherpas and a committed defender of the environment, was reportedly amongst 12 people killed in one of the worst disasters on Mount Everest ever recorded. In 2011 Khatri planted the ITUC flag atop the peak of Everest as part of global mobilisation by unions pushing for action on climate change leading up to the Durban Climate Summit, which he attended.
In Spain, the transformation of the production system towards a green economy has entailed an important source of jobs during the last years. However, as Carlos Martínez Camarero points out in a recent article in the journal Ecologista, the potential for green job creation has been hindered by different political decisions.
The new IPCC report released this Monday confirms that Climate Change is a reality today, a serious global threat that requires urgent and stronger action if it is to be tackled. This report, from the IPCC Working Group II, assesses the climate changes impacts to date, the future risks and the ways to reduce these risks through adaptation.
The Executive Director of the Blue Green Alliance opens the 2014 Green Jobs, Good Jobs Conference. These gatherings have told the story of US recent politics—from the economic disaster of 2008-2009 to the bitter disputes over the role of government in charting economic recovery to the long, painful slog of the last few years attempting to solve chronic unemployment problems and the growing crisis of global warming.
The Belgian platform Climate Coalition, a network of about 70 trade unions, environmental organization, North-South movements and youth movements, launched last March 27 a media campaign entitled “Jobs4Climate”.