No jobs on a dead planet – unions demand ambitious Paris climate deal

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More than 50 unions representing millions of workers worldwide have added their voice to the growing chorus calling for strong climate action, as they joined an initiative aimed at mobilising support for an ambitious climate deal in Paris in 2015. The Unions4Climate action, launched at the World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Berlin this week, calls for a deal that is good for the climate and that drives an industrial transformation and creates jobs. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC said: “Threats to jobs and livelihoods include the threat of climate change. For unions it is simple. There are no jobs on a dead planet”. According to the ITUC, strong climate action could create 48 million new jobs in 12 countries – in Germany up to 400,000 new renewable energy jobs have been created in just two years. Unions will use the Unions4Climate to push for ambitious commitments from governments, discuss plans for industrial transformation and to debate the best ways to secure workers decent, green jobs.

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  • “Threats to jobs and livelihoods include the threat of climate change. For unions it is simple. There are no jobs on a dead planet.” – Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC
  • “The ETUC urges governments to agree to an ambitious and legally binding agreement in Paris next year. A global framework, built on common but differentiated responsibilities, is  the cornerstone of the just transition we are calling for.” – Józef Niemiec, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • “We watched governments fail the planet and their people in Copenhagen and the same corporate interests want to see failure in Paris. The mission of the trade union movement to ensure jobs, rights and social equality requires that we embrace the cause of a just transition towards sustainable development – a transition that must start now.” – Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC
  • “Dorje Khartri, a great climate warrior, died in a tragic accident, at work on Mount Everest. He was alarmed at the impact of climate change on his beloved mountain and he planted the ITUC flag on the top of Mount Everest to mark his pride in our fight for the climate. His memory will live on with unions who continue to act for climate justice.” – Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC

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