Trade unions join walkout of Warsaw climate talks

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he International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joins major environmental and development groups in protest action at COP 19 in Warsaw where Governments are not acting responsibly to tackle the threat to lives, jobs and livelihoods that climate change represents.

he International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joins major environmental and development groups in protest action at COP 19 in Warsaw where Governments are not acting responsibly to tackle the threat to lives, jobs and livelihoods that climate change represents.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joins major environmental and development groups in protest action at COP (Conference of the Parties) 19 in Warsaw where Governments are not acting responsibly to tackle the threat to lives, jobs and livelihoods that climate change represents.

Unions joined civil society groups in a voluntary withdrawal from the Warsaw climate talks. This is the first time there has been a mass walkout from a COP meeting.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC, said democratic leaders have failed us. Even as the climate science warns of escalation of climate change with devastating impacts, negotiations backtrack on emission reduction targets, financing for developing nations, technology sharing and the just transition workers demand. Continue reading

First international poll by global union reveals deep mistrust of economic decision makers

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Alarming trend of worldwide uncertainty on eve of G20 summit, warn unions

12 June 2012: The first international public opinion polling commissioned by the Brussels-based global union representing 175 million union members across the world shows deep uncertainty, fear and political disempowerment across half the G20 economies, six European countries and four emerging economies.

The poll commissioned by the International Trade Union Confederation from global market research company TNS covers a total of 13 countries.

Released on the eve of the meeting of the Mexico G20 summit starting 18 June, the General Secretary of the ITUC, Sharan Burrow, said the poll showed widespread opposition to austerity measures, a collapse in the belief that governments are operating in the interests of their voters, and strong support for labour laws across the 13 countries polled.

First international poll by global union reveals deep mistrust of economic decision makers

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