Where environmental justice and labour action meet
Leveraging Workers Knowledge
Decades of inadequate action have led scientists and the United Nations to warn us we have little time left to avoid catastrophic climate change.
In Ontario, 28% of Greenhouse gas emissions are created from industrial processes. Workers have a unique role to play in reducing catastrophic climate change. The Labour Education Centre is demonstrating the value of a joint labour-management workplace committee to reduce workplace-based greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). This process leverages workers’ intimate knowledge of their workplaces and work processes, linking that expertise with the broader knowledge and decision-making authority of management.
When society asks workers and communities to close down their local industry for the good of us all, society has a responsibility to provide alternative livelihoods for those workers and communities. Such a concept is know as Just Transition, which h s been adopted by the Labour movement globally and is contained in the pre-amble to the Paris Convention on climate change.
The Labour Education Centre has researched 4 jurisdictions where coal plants have been closed or are in process of being closed. In each case study we examine what process were put in place to help transition workers into new jobs and careers.