From the TUC

Qatar blog #4: cold comfort for a warming planet

10 Dec 2012, by in Environment

First reactions from Doha on Saturday, where a 36-hour closing session brought cold comfort to a warming planet.  For Sharan Burrow of the ITUC: “There will be no jobs in a dead planet, nor a Just Transition with this outcome. We need time to build the industrial and social policies to help working people fully…

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Qatar blog #3: A day in the life of a union delegate

06 Dec 2012, by in Environment

ETUC delegate Benjamin Denis sends this report from Doha, a day before the closure of the Doha meeting. Ministers have arrived and face crucial unresolved issues. Before the carbon-cutting commitments of the Kyoto Protocol can be relaunched from 01 January 2013, governments must agree how many “carbon credits” can be carried forward into the next period;…

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Qatar blog #2: No Just Transition without labour rights

03 Dec 2012, by in Environment

Both climate change and labour rights come together uniquely for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) delegation in Qatar. Qatar has the highest per capita carbon emissions of any country, while numerous reports cite its systematic abuse of  international labour standards. For example, Qatar doesn’t publish figures for industrial deaths. But Embassy figures show that 191 Nepalese and…

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Qatar blog #1: Climate nightmare

26 Nov 2012, by in Environment

As the UN assembles in Qatar for its 18th annual climate change conference, a new UN report warns of a 14 billion tonne “emissions gap” in 2020 between  “business as usual” and the emissions level needed to hold the increase of global temperatures below the 2°C target. 14 billions tonnes is more than China’s carbon emissions in 2010 (11 billion tonnes). This week,…

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