The global environmental crisis requires a change in production and consumption processes, a new economy for a new development model, a “Green Economy” that is able to ensure decent living and working conditions while at the same time reduces environmental risks and environmental degradation.
It is clear that we must move towards a low carbon economy and the efficient use of natural resources, an economy that prioritises the use of renewable energy, that takes into account the lifecycle of products, that protects and restores ecosystems, that better distributes environmental costs and benefits. It is equally evident that for a Green Economy to be a real opportunity for ending current injustices it must be in keeping with the wider framework of Sustainable Development....that is, it must be consistent with the social and political aspects of sustainability, guaranteeing a Just Transition for all.
The transition towards a Green Economy will not happen overnight and neither will opportunities for decent work be created automatically. As a society, and as trade union organisations, we must defend and drive changes in the desired direction.
In Sustainlabour, we believe that the Green Economy should:
What is Sustainlabour doing?
On April the 23rd, the 24th and the 25th, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Sustainlabour organized 3 Webinars (online seminars) to introduce the issue and the process to union delegates or union experts interested in doing advocacy work in the capitals prior to the next ILO International Labour Conference
20 February Side event at the First Universal Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Creating green and decent work is a common goal for both the European Union and South Africa. These two regions are facing up to an unemployment crisis spiraling out of control which is condemning millions of workers to poverty and social exclusion - with young people being especially hard hit - meaning now is the time to prioritize and widen initiatives to reach this goal.
In order to meet its environmental targets, the EU is set for a rapid growth of the green economy. It is therefore important to anticipate new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health (OSH) in green jobs in order to ensure that these jobs are not only good for the environment but also for workers’ safety and health.
The plan's approach, which intends to act as a catalyst for a cultural revolution, is based on creating jobs linked to projects with an environmental slant.The main goal through this plan is to get the country back to work, and it includes special policies for youth, women, and the long-term unemployed
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is marching today against austerity and demanding a better future for the youth. Job creation and environmental protection have to be addressed jointly: Sustainlabour presents an overview of green jobs in the region. DGB Germany (see the Say it Loud section) and CGIL Italy present plans to make the economy social and environmentally sustainable.
Sustainlabour presents a report that draws on the experiences of green job creation in the region in recent years: employment data, EU policies, trade union and social actors inputs.
Creating green and decent work is a common goal for both the European Union and South Africa.Trade Unions from these regions met the 12th and 13th of February in Johannesburg to share both experiences and strategies and also to discuss these themes with their respective governments and other society actors
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe