Can A Climate Change Agenda Grow The Labor Union Movement?
By Doug Cunningham
Canada’s RadioLabour reports that global labor unions are working on how labor can combat the effects of climate change while using it to build a stronger labor movement.
Trade Unions For Energy Development is an international labor coalition including UNISON and UNITE in the UK, UNIFOR in Canada as well as Public Services International and the International Transport Federation among other unions.
Maité Llanos is with Global Labour University.
[Maite Llanos]: “The challenge is to grow as a union movement, because the trade unions in Europe have been declining. So at the same time we have the challenge of growin’, but it’s also an opportunity to grow with the climate change agenda. Because it’s something that affects the communities.
And it affects workers in particular but also workers as members of communities. So if you want to grow as a union taking the environmental agenda might be one tool.”