Trade union actions

August 21, 2015

United Steelworkers (USW) putting breast cancer out of work

In partnership with the BlueGreen Alliance (an alliance that unites the largest union and environmental organizations), the USW launched a campaign to Put Breast Cancer Out of Work. Through this initiative they aim to prevent breast cancer and other chronic diseases by promoting safer alternatives to the current use of dangerous chemicals.

April 21, 2015

Do you want to know more on a specific substance you are using at your workplace?

Do you want clear available information on its impacts on your health and the environment? Do not search anymore! ISTAS - CCOO can help you out. 

June 22, 2014

UNISON´s commitment to climate action is reflected in its support to the campaign Push for European climate action

The British trade union UNISON, as part of the group The Climate Coalition, is actively engaged in climate action and supports the campaign Push for European climate action that calls on the UK Government for ambitious action on climate change at the European level.

June 18, 2014

The Trade Union Confederation of the Americas launches PLADA

American trade unions have a regional plan for sustainable development: employment rights, economic rights, social rights, environmental rights and lots and lots of democracy. The TUCA launched PLADA (Development Platform of the Americas) in Santiago de Chile in the presence of Michele Bachelet.

April 2, 2014

Belgian Climate Coalition launched a campaign for climate jobs

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”.

February 18, 2014

Peruvian trade union organizations on the road to COP20

CGTP, CUT Peru and CATP are already coordinating activities with other social movements in a joint social platform towards Peru COP 20. But the platform aims to work beyond COP 20: focusing on social proposals for environmental public policy in their country, to improve their environment and move towards sustainable development.

December 16, 2013

EPSU: 1.5 million signatures for Human Rigth to Water and counting

Prominent trade union action this month is for the EPSU European Trade Union Federation of Public Services for together with NGOs gathered over 1.8 million signatures and validate 1..5 for the European Citizen Initiative, Water is a Human Right

October 16, 2013

FNV joins an ambitious Sustainable Energy Policy Agreement for the Netherlands

In the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth [Energieakkoord voor duurzame  groei], more than forty organisations have laid the basis for a robust, future-proof  energy and climate policy enjoying broad support. 

September 12, 2013

Uruguay: 1,500 workers will be trained in chemical risk over the period 2014 - 2015

The Uruguayan trade union (PIT-CNT) and its affiliate of chemical sector workers (STIQ) continue to be committed to making workplaces safer. Since the Sustainlabour SAICM project activities three years ago, the trade unions have taken advantage of the multiplier effect to continue activities.

June 28, 2013

Now available: 2012 Sustainlabour Annual Report

In 2012 we worked very hard to prepare for the Rio +20 Summit and to prepare for the Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the Environment, where trade unions renewed commitments to sustainable development and the environment. The outcomes of the Assembly are a special source of pride for us. 


March 4, 2013

The European Federation of Public Service Unions rejects fracking

The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe

February 1, 2013

The Municipal Solid Waste Classifiers Trade Union of Uruguay (UCRUS) has turned 10

UCRUS has been working to promote recovery of wealth and quality of life through re-using materials, along with the beneficial burying of organic waste and the containment of potentially hazardous elements

November 16, 2012

Tunisia: Trade unions organise national campaign against fracking

The Tunisian union UGTT is coordinating a national campaign against fracking, as the government is about to sign a deal with Shell and there is a deep concern for the state of serious water stress affecting the country

October 18, 2012

Workplace action for environmental protection: ETUC Green Workplaces conference 2012

The European Trade Union Confederation hosted trade unionists and shop stewards from across Europe active in ‘greening their workplaces’ in a dialogue with European Commissioners and representatives of business

July 3, 2012

20 trade union experiences for Rio + 20

In this video 20 trade unions organizations show what they are doing for a sustainable development. Check it out. 

April 27, 2012

28 April : International Workers Memorial Day

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands die in workplace “accidents”. Millions die of occupational diseases. Every year. Union organisation is the remedy. Prevention is the only cure.

April 3, 2012

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Building a Green Economy – local, regional and national perspectives

For five years, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference has attracted thousands of people from across the United States to share ideas and strategies on how to build a cleaner, greener, stronger and more prosperous economy that creates good jobs and preserves environmental security.

March 28, 2012

Towards Rio+20: Workers´ political vision on development

With the aim of presenting the main themes of Rio+20, discussing strategies for trade union action, and the role of social movements, the Workers´ Centre of Argentina (CTA) is organizing an event with national and international trade union centres, academia, indigenous and peasant organizations.

March 13, 2012

European unions discuss Sustainable Development as a crisis response

European trade unions gather to discuss sustainable development as a response to the crisis and the labour movement’s positions and strategies in preparation for Rio, alongside government and NGO representatives.


February 24, 2012

Bangladeshi workers address the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture

The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) has initiated a new line of work focused on the improvement of occupational safety and health and access to social protection of workers by focusing on the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture.

January 16, 2012

Capacity building and solidarity work in Durban

Promoting and ensuring the participation of unionists from countries in the global South in international negotiation spaces, such as on climate change, forms part of what is international solidarity and is fundamental to guaranteeing that workers´ voices from these countries are present within the trade union delegation and in the negotiations.

November 16, 2011

European trade unions unite in their demands for Sustainable Mobility

The trade unions Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) of Spain, Vlaams ABVV of Belgium, CGIL of Italy, and ACE of Germany released a comparative study  on the problems related to the mobility of workers – on how they travel from their homes to their workplaces, in 4 European countries.

June 27, 2011

CGT Colombia committed to defence of environment

With the slogan « It’s time for the People », the XI Congress of the Colombia General Labour Confederation (CGT in Spanish) unanimously approved an important document on the importance of valuing natural riches and preserving the environment for the sustainable development of the country.

April 10, 2011

COSATU prepares Durban

President Zuma urged to champion workers’ issues

On March 30, 2011 in Pretoria, President Jacob Zuma met with the General Secretary of the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), Sharan Burrow, along with Anabella Rosemberg of the ITUC and Laura Martin Murillo of Sustainlabour, as part of the trade union delegation. Also present at the meeting were the President and General Secretary of COSATU – Sdumo Dlamini and Zwelinzima Vavi.


Climate Change

Chemical risk

Green Jobs


Other issues


Resources + See more

Say it loud + See more

Sharan Burrow. ITUC SG

If you expose us, we'll expose you. A excellent article on chemical risks for workers on the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day, 28 of April. 

Copyright 2011 - - Todos los derechos reservados