Leaders of world trade
unions are calling on political leaders gathered in Copenhagen to invest in jobs and develop a
green economic policy to tackle climate change.
A Global Unions' report; "Green
Growth for jobs and social justice" was issued today: In
announcing its publication, Anita Normark; Chair of the Council of Global
Unions and General Secretary of Building
and Wood Workers International, stated "The fight to reverse climate change
must be fought in communities and in workplaces. Strong action by political
leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is essential to set the direction,
but it is not sufficient to achieve climate change goals: To respond to this
challenge, we must deepen solidarity and participation by creating sustainable
jobs and bolstering democracy."
The publication combines
the trade union consensus positions developed under the lead of the
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) with sectoral perspectives of
the Global Union Federations as well as the views of the Trade Union Advisory
Committee to the OECD (TUAC).
Guy Ryder, Secretary of the
CGU and General Secretary of the ITUC, in his article, described the common
trade union goals: "The ITUC, TUAC, and the Global
Union Federations are striving to put social justice on the climate change
agenda. We have made progress, but we have a long way to go. An
environmentally-engaged trade union movement is no longer a theoretical
possibility. It now forms part of our collective identity. Together, we can and
will make a difference".
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