Just Transition Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All
by Béla Galgóczi
ILO ACTRAV Policy Brief
International Labour Organization
Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) Senior Researcher Béla Galgóczi, who is also a Co-Investigator with the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW) research project, has prepared a new policy brief for the International Labour Organization (ILO) which addresses the main challenges affecting how just transition can work in practice and what trade unions and workers’ organizations can do.
The briefing paper highlights the work of the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW) research project, noting that the project “provides a vast platform for trade unions in sharing good practices” through its Green Collective Agreements data base, which contains 196 collective agreements with green clauses.
From the author:
The intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, both compared to past achievements and current pledges, must be stepped up, with consequently harsher social and employment impacts than those experienced so far. This will lead to major changes, adjustments, costs and opportunities and will considerably affect jobs, livelihoods, working conditions, skills and job prospects. Just transition will be critical in managing this process and the labour movement needs to be at the forefront to make green transition a success.
This policy brief will address the main challenges in fulfilling these goals, how just transition can work in practice and what trade unions and workers’ organizations can do. In doing so, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all (ILO 2015) provide the basic framework with a view to implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.
A number of brief case studies – each corresponding to a specific challenge – will illustrate concrete examples that could help to formulate trade union strategies. Both positive and negative experiences are taken into account, followed by recommendations.
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