ETUC at Katowice Climate COP for a Just Transition

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will be at the international climate ‘COP’ in Katowice next week and urge governments to manage the social and employment impacts of climate action through a socially fair ‘just transition’.

The ETUC will welcome the ‘Solidarity and Just Transition Declaration’ presented by the Polish Government and supported by the European Union.

The Declaration is expected on Monday 3 December, and ETUC will urge all Governments to back and act on it.

“Our jobs depend on our planet” said Montserrat Mir, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC who will attend the COP at Katowice “and working people need to be assured that the move to a low-carbon economy will be managed to keep people and communities working. Climate action will benefit everyone if it is properly planned. We can save our planet and create more and better jobs if we do it right.”

The ETUC will host an event with the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES)

  • Monday 3 December, 12:30-14:00 ‘Just Transition towards a low-carbon economy and employment in Europe: challenges and opportunities’ in the EU Pavilion, with Montserrat Mir, Manuela Matthess (Head of International Energy and Climate Policy, FES) and other guests.

The ETUC will also speak at events on

  • Monday 3 December 14:30-16:00 ‘Climate Action and Cohesion: A just transition’ organised by the European Investment Bank in the EU Pavilion
  • Monday 3 December 16:30-18:00 ‘Game changer for the future of work: Towards a just transition with gender equality’ organised by Polish COP Presidency and ILO in the Polish Pavilion
  • Friday 7 December 15.15-16.45, organised by German trade union DGB in the German Pavilion on ‘Innovation through Co-determination’
  • Saturday 8 December, 18.30-20.00, organised by Climate Action Network on ‘Coalition for higher ambition showcasing the way to a zero carbon Europe’