our commitment to climate justice
CLIMATE CHANGE IS UNION BUSINESS
Workers in Australia are on the frontlines of the climate crisis and UWU members are already dealing with the impacts of a changing climate. Workers are being left without support as workplaces close, industries begin to transition and climate change impacts cause risks to health and safety in the workplace.
As organised workers, we have an important role to play in making sure Australian workplaces, communities and political leaders step up to do what is necessary to limit global warming to well below 2C.
We can’t let the future of working people and our communities be decided in corporate boardrooms and private meetings. United Workers Union members are campaigning for just transitions, including sustainable jobs with union agreements, secure jobs and decent conditions for workers.
Union Climate Resolutions
Our climate work is guided by our member advisory bodies. At our 2022 member convention the following four climate resolutions were passed.
- We endorse a plan for UWU’s operations to get to zero emissions on a timeline that is in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
- We call for UWU to put pressure on Labor to ensure we do better than 43% emissions reductions by 2030, and to support policies and targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
- We call for UWU to resource a campaign to improve access to Disaster and Emergency Services Leave, with the aim of having universal access enshrined in the National Employment Standards.
- We endorse the ongoing collaboration and resourcing of the work with Union and non-Union partners towards achieving climate justice.