BERLIN, May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today in Germany, Bea Bruske delivered a strong message from international trade union leaders to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, G7 Chairman.
“When it comes to developing a plan to decarbonize all sectors of our economies, it is essential that workers are at the table. These workers help build the economies of these countries and they must not be left alone to carry the burden,” said Bruske, President of the Canadian Labor Congress.
Bruske delivered his comments on behalf of the “Labour 7”, a group of representatives of trade union federations from the G7 countries.
“We, the trade union leaders of the G7 countries, urge our governments to move from ambition to implementing climate protection,” Bruske said in his remarks. “These investments should not be diminished by responding to other global crises. As you said on Monday, Madam Chancellor, increased military spending should not affect social cohesion or diminish commitments to other priorities.
Bruske argued that G7 leaders should put workers and their families at the center of their plans when it comes to taking action on climate change.
“It was an honor to deliver a clear message from the workers to Chancellor Scholz and the G7,” Bruske said. “Labour leaders around the world have been able to find common ground around protecting our climate, environment and biodiversity, and accelerating the global energy transition, while building a sustainable economic system and fair where workers are not left behind. This is essential to ensure a better life for everyone on our planet.
Bruske stressed the importance for world leaders to act, together with the labor movement, to create high-quality, family-supporting jobs.
“We must not trade good jobs for poor quality and precarious jobs. Leaders of wealthier nations must understand that building a just transition for workers is essential for us to successfully tackle climate change,” Bruske said.
Bruske added that international conventions on health and safety at work, strong social and workplace protections and investment in health care and social services are all essential elements in achieving a sustainable planet. .
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