SEEKING SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL POLICIES FOR LATIN AMERICA – Unions For Trade Justice

SEEKING SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL POLICIES FOR LATIN AMERICA

Achieving sustainability involves working for a present and future where social and economic needs are satisfied without endangering the environment.

To that end, IndustriALL has been working on developing a sustainable industrial policy since 2013. The objective is to seek solutions to situations affecting everyone: particularly climate change and the environmental, economic and social crisis. In 2015, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change at the global level.

All of IndustriALL’s sectors have significant impacts on the environment, but environmental regulations for those sectors are weak. By getting actively involved, unions can prevent decisions on the future of industries, jobs and the planet from remaining exclusively in the hands of governments, multinational corporations and market forces.

Instead, they can ensure that the voice of industrial workers is heard when developing an industrial policy that allows for a Just Transition to a sustainable future, i.e. by seeking measures to safeguard existing jobs, create new ones, and ensure decent and sustainable workplaces.

“It must be remembered that a Just Transition is not an end in itself – it is a pathway to a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future,” says the director for health, safety and sustainability at IndustriALL, Brian Kohler.