From the TUC

Warsaw Final: Walking out is not our way, but …

25 Nov 2013, by in Environment

“Climate change is real, is increasing in impact and will result in greater devastation, displacement, job loss and social despair if we don’t act. Hence we cannot allow governments to go to climate talks with such unambitious mandates.” Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, was amongst those leading the walkout at…

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Warsaw diary #4: Unions and NGOs walk out of UN climate talks

21 Nov 2013, by in Environment

International unions today joined Greenpeace, WWF, ActionAid, FoE, Oxfam, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas and many NGOs  in a mass walkout of the UN’s climate conference, Warsaw. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said, “The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing.” Actions…

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Warsaw diary #3: UN’s first draft is No Deal without Just Transition

20 Nov 2013, by in Environment

Unions here in Warsaw believe that the UN’s outline climate change treaty, published today, is neither “politically smart, nor responsible.”  The so-called common threads linking the main objectives of the treaty to cut emissions, provide finance and  support adaptation provide “no space for bringing Decent Work, Just Transition, social justice, or the need to transform…

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Warsaw Climate Talks: No more cop outs

19 Nov 2013, by in Environment

We can’t afford to waste another year stalling on the framework for a climate agreement.  You’d think that the conclusions of the latest IPCC report coupled with Typhoon Haiyan would be a wake-up call to the world’s governments. But not it seems for Poland, Japan and Australia. When the host country uses the Presidency of…

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Warsaw diary #2: System change, not climate change

17 Nov 2013, by in Environment

The UN must agree a new climate change treaty at its convention in Paris, December 2015. To meet this deadline, it will publish a draft treaty in spring 2014. That text, unions insists, must include the operational principles of Just Transition and Decent Work. In the devastating wake of typhoon Haiyan, human rights to life,…

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Warsaw diary #1: No jobs on a dead planet

14 Nov 2013, by in Environment

Today, the ITUC has an opportunity to question the conference President, Marcin Korolec, in a plenary about his ambitions for this conference and in  the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. It delivered a destructive force beyond human experience. That much at least was clear as Yeb Sano, head of the Philippines’ delegation, moved many to…

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