European trade union leaders call for ambitious international climate deal

European trade union leaders

Courtesy of: ETUC

Today national trade union leaders from across Europe showed their support for an ambitious climate deal at the upcoming UN climate summit, COP21.

They were photographed with a sign reading ‘Our jobs depend on our planet’ during the European Trade Union Confederation’s annual congress in Paris.

Tomorrow the leaders will vote on a manifesto which calls for world governments to agree a “binding, international climate protection agreement in Paris in 2015”, and for Europe to strive for a “just transition towards a sustainable green economy”.

Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the ETUC said:

Trade unions are making a clear statement on behalf of workers on the world’s gravest environmental and economic threat. Meeting in the same city just weeks before the UN Climate Conference, trade unionists are today sending a message to world leaders that we expect them to reach a binding and ambitious climate deal.

The European trade unions’ photo follows the international trade unions’ call for an ambitious Paris agreement, presented to COP21 president Laurent Fabius last month.

The effects of climate action – job creation, better health, saved fuel import costs – benefit everyone across the economic spectrum.

The trade unions’ actions show workers have understood they have everything to gain by calling on politicians to help usher in a 100% renewable energy age by reaching a strong deal in Paris.

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