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Low-carbon transport gets trade union airing in South Africa (news online)

Cheap transport oils the wheels of the global economy, yet it has a devastating impact, not just on the climate, but also on employees’ working conditions. That was the verdict of the ITF’s first African seminar on climate change recently.

Global union brands COP17 ‘a wasted opportunity’ (press release)

Global union federation the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today reacted with disappointment to the failure of the UN COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, to deliver any progress on climate change so far. Speaking from the conference,… Continue Reading →

ITF climate change and transport seminar in Durban during COP17 (report of day one)

Running in parallel with the UN climate change negotiations at COP17 in Durban, the ITF’s first African seminar on transport and climate change sought to discuss and advance the trade union perspective on climate change. Over 60 delegates from 11 countries in Africa plus affiliates from around the world attended the seminar as part of the ITUC’s World of Work (WoW) programme.

New civil society website for COP17

New website for the coordination of civil society activities for COP17 The website includes a list of activities that will happen during COP17 in Durban as well as access to some useful document and a few short films.

ITUC / GURN workshop: A green economy that works for social progress

The ITUC / GURN workshop on A Green Economy that Works for Social Justice last week provided a stimulating and interesting debate in the lead up to COP17. This second workshop attempted to address the research gaps on climate change and brought together people from a range of unions, research institutes, universities and the ITUC.

ITF and COP17

The ITF is coordinating preparations for and involvement in COP17 for member transport unions.  COP17 will take place from 28 November-9 December 2011 in Durban South Africa. Among the preparations there will be a 2-day  seminar on transport and climate… Continue Reading →

Youth movement calls for Jobs in Green Economy

An ITUC blog on the UNEP conference – Tunza children and youth towards Rio+20, that took place on September 27, 20011 in Bandung, Indonedia. The conference highlighted the need for job opportunities and initiatives in the green economy, given that 40% of the… Continue Reading →

Education Unions Mobilising on Climate Change

Education International (EI) adopted a resolution entitled Education Unions Mobilising for Climate Change at its congress held in Cape Town , South Africa July 2011.

ITF affiliates welcome climate change workshop at education & organising conference

Delegates at the ITF education and organising conference in June were keen to discuss climate change and welcomed the presentations from Jonathan Neale (expert researcher for the ETF climate change project) and Manuel Cortes (TSSA assistant general secretary).

New ILO publication

A new ILO pubilcation on Climate Change and Labour: the need for a “Just Transition” emphasises the importance of the role of workers in discussion on the social dimensions of sustainable development and climate change policies, and the fact that until recently they have been excluded.

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