Global Lead Paint Elimination Picks Up Steam
By Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary
By Achim Steiner Executive Director of UNEP
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.
From Equaltimes' blog
Cold, grey, hazy skies were sadly a fitting backdrop for the dismal global leadership on display during COP 19 in Warsaw.
If you are not a fan of heat waves or hurricanes, or you would still like to show your children a map with an icy Arctic, you might be interested in a major report being released in Stockholm in a few hours.
This bulletin section will be devoted to opinions and comments from Dominican workers we have been working with. Viviana, Jose Luis, Pablo, Jackeline, Vicente, Julio Cesar, Eliodoro, Otiliino, Bienvenido shared their point of view with us.
Environmental sustainability is a precondition for sustainable enterprises and jobs. Social dialogue is already proving to be a powerful mechanism for generating that sustainability, as well as the political will for broader progress. It is only on the basis of a sound technical understanding of the issues and within a supportive national and international policy setting that the world of work will have a chance to make its full contribution. This can be a pivotal moment for our Organization.
Many of the major companies file their sustainability reports without conscience. And their approach to the workers whose labour fuels their profits is criminal.Ask any CEO if they would like their sons or daughters to work in the textile factories in Pakistan, the mines in the Congo, manufacturing plants in Central America, or as beer women in Cambodia, and they shudder.
Europe’s crisis is manifold: while newspapers focus on public deficits and debt, Austerity policies and wage cuts are boosting poverty and inequality in many parts of Europe
On 19 January in Geneva, Switzerland, governments approved the text of a new binding global agreement on Mercury that aims to protect human health and the environment from releases of Mercury and its compounds, however, is questionable if this agreement would fully comply this goal given the few commitments made to reduce these releases.
New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored
Yet again the text approved by the climate convention reflects a commitment to the lowest common denominator and moves in a parallel reality, completely unaware of the magnitude of the world's problems.
Italy has excellent areas of public research, know-how and knowledge production; however, private divestment in these fields is evident, as well as the lack of demand on the part of Italian companies lacking expertise and applied research
Dear trade union friends,
I would very much like to be present at the Second Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment and take part in all the discussions being held at this time. Unfortunately I am still recovering from my medical treatment, which has meant that my schedule at the Conference is rather limited.
On this May Day, the ITUC and Global Unions are calling on governments to assume their responsibilities and join together to end the crisis. They need to create decent, sustainable jobs and stand up for the rights of people at work.
Principle 1 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in 1992 asserts that “Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature”. Twenty years later, Rio+20 offers an important opportunity to re-examine and re-establish the relationship between health and sustainable development.
At the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, it appeared that a global consensus had been reached that there was an inevitable connection between social justice, environmental protection and economic security. Sustainability was the watchword and there seemed to be a high level of political commitment to that goal. However today, almost twenty years later, very little progress seems to have been made.
We need SUSTAINLABOUR. With the crisis that we are facing the balance between development, environment, climate change, and social protection, are at risk of becoming secondary on the agenda. The extremely violent attack in Europe of almost all social protection security systems, and to the welfare state, that are the foundations of social relations in Europe, is very important.
In Durban a legal instrument was agreed upon that lacks commitments, that is too unbalanced and comes sadly too late. This mechanism distances us from global justice and from the path of emissions reduction recommended by science.
In these times, when all the debates are centred on the economic crisis, we cannot stop talking about the rest of the crises from which the planet is suffering. In the coming months, we as trade unions will make our concerns and proposals heard in two important events, the COP17 in Durban and Rio+20. In Durban we will maintain pressure on governments in order for them to reach a fair, global, binding and ambitious agreement as soon as possible.
Over the last few days we’ve heard that workers across Europe are worried about their jobs and their children’s futures. Worried about their livelihoods, their next wage packet, about increasing precariousness of their workplaces, and rising fuel and food prices. They are right. Over 23 million are unemployed today across the EU.
The modifications in the environment are increasingly evident, deeper and more generalized. The acceleration of the phenomenon of climate change and the depletion of natural resources, at the same time that we are experiencing a growth in the world’s population, make it impossible to balance the demands for natural resources with the “load capacity” of the physical environment.
You book your tickets on your i-phone, arrive at the cinema in your perfectly faded, perfectly worn jeans, buy your popcorn and sit down to watch the movie. But modern living comes at a cost - and for some workers exposed to highly hazardous chemicals in the popcorn, microelectronics, garment and a swathe of other industries, the price will be their lives.
When in 1919, after the bloody and absurd World War I nations decided to create the ILO, they did this “ moved by the sentiments of justice and humanity and by the desire to ensure permanent world peace ” and adopted three basic principles from the very first day of its constitution: that universal and permanent peace can only be based on social justice; because working conditions exist that entail such a level of injustice, privations, and dissatisfaction, that it is urgent to improve these conditions; and if any nation were to not adopt a humane work regime, this omission would constitute an obstacle for other nations´ efforts to improve the lot of workers in their own countries.
The UN climate summit in Cancun was held in the long shadows of the Copenhagen summit. Its unfortunate results meant that at the climate talks in Cancun the very possibility and credibility of the discussions within the United Nations were on the table. Governments and other actors who could not handle another failure, lowered expectations as much as possible in an atmosphere of maximum tension and expectation.
Since 1998, the International POPs Elimination Network has served as a vital mechanism to ensure NGO participation in international and national chemical safety policy development, as well as on-the-ground policy implementation activities. Today, the IPEN network encompasses over 700 NGO in over 100 countries, with eight regional hubs working in the six UN official languages across the globe.
Sustainlabour is closing after 12 years of fighting for social and environmental rights. Although we are closing, we leave behind a legacy on which future work can grow. Sustainlabour may be winding down but our flame will continue to burn on in the labour movement and in every labour action taken on environmental sustainability and a just transition.
Step-change needed to get a Paris Agreement that’s ambitious and fair
(Bonn, Germany, 19 October, 2015) – A review of country climate targets reflecting the twin pillars of science and equity has been released by civil society ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris.
At the ICCM4 unions will launch a video and a publication on problems and solutions for occupational exposures to chemical hazards.
Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister and incoming President of the UN climate talks COP21, addressed the Trade Union Climate Summit 80 days before the start of the climate talks in Paris.
With 2015 tipped to be the hottest year on record “by a mile”, negotiators gathering in Bonn this week had a timely reminder of what’s at stake as unprecedented hurricanes and record-breaking heat cast their shadow over the talks.
El Gobierno de China y las empresas relevantes del país deben garantizar una total transparencia en la investigación del desastre químico en Tianjin, incluyendo tanto las causas y los efectos de la explosión, ha pedido un experto independiente de derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas.
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.