Climate crisis threatens the livelihoods of billions of people and it already forces millions to migrate. Scientists warn that the cost of inaction or further delays will be much higher, especially for vulnerable people in developing, transition and industrial economies.
A Just Transition secures the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Based on social dialogue between workers and their unions, employers, government and communities. A plan for Just Transition provides and guarantees better and decent jobs, social protection, more training opportunities and greater job security for all workers affected by global warming and climate change policies.
This workforce is driving agile response on critical issues at hand. Unions must be at the table at all levels to negotiate the Just Transition measures required to ensure trust in the necessary shifts in energy, and in technological advances to ensure both mitigation and adaptation across all industries and sectors.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to advance goals that are critical to the labor and social movement. Technology can provide opportunity, but it will also disrupt jobs and current supply chains. Digitalization, automation and data should be managed, and monitored to protect jobs and living standards. Full employment remains a goal of the union. Just Transition measures are vital to realize these shifts.