Streering Cometee Spain, Toledo on on 20th February 2020

The streering cometee meeting was implemented in Spaid, Toledo on on 20th  February 2020, and was attended by 15 participsants.

After welcoming the attendees and once the representatives of the delegations had been introduced, the rappresentative of each country  presented  the results of the survey.

After these first interventions, the Report and Analysis of the comparative results obtained in the Research Survey of the «Learning Fast and Green» project was presented by the Project expert, Ángel Lozano.

434 surveys have been collected in total, with different participation from partner countries. The global conclusions obtained from the analysis have been structured in three blocks of subjects:

 

Knowledge of green policies and their importance in Social Dialogue:

–          A greater understanding of current policies for greening the economy is necessary. Only 13% are aware of the 20-20-20 package of measures, still in force this year.

–          The energy transition is perceived as a prospect for the future, but it is not considered a priority, neither for unions nor for dialogue: 38% think that union participation is low

–           47% of those surveyed bet on transnational cooperation as the best way to deal with the green economy transition.

–          Half of the responders believe that Social Dialogue should guarantee decent work and quality employment.

The influence of green jobs and climate policies on current Employment, mainly in the Transport Sector

–          Most respondents believe that green jobs will have an indirect effect on the Transport Sector; although it is perceived as a threat to current employment; although, the workers also believe that it is a possibility to combat unemployment, or to improve their job.

How to achieve a Just Transition: Elements for its implementation, guarantees and difficulties

–          More than half of the responder think that the just transition should focus on the requalification of workers and their rehabilitation in the workplace; betting on education and learning to respond to the need for new skills.

–          The 60% think that a greater participation of all social partners is necessary, especially unions that are only informed, according to 40% of respondents.

–          The greatest difficulty in tackling the Just Transition lies in the outdated profiles of the workers and inadequate training that would require major transformations: although also the rigidity of policies and the tendency to replace, rather than transform, are two worrying issues.

In view of this analysis, the partners of the Project believe that it is very important to urgently address the training of workers and unions in this matter and guarantee the participation of workers’ representatives, as well as to achieve greater involvement between unions and the European Commission.

As a consequence of these conclusions, the following good practices for improvement on the participation of workers’ representatives in energy transition issues were discussed and approved, focused on preparing unions in three specific aspects:

1) Information and awareness of trade unions: leaders and representatives of companies and sectors

–          Increase union mobilization and strengthen their capacities in relation to energy transition processes with governments and business organizations.

–          Sensitize and train union leaders on the priority of working on the energy transition, establishing it as a priority in their union policies.

–          Communicate, explain and debate on the just energy transition in all territories, union sections and companies; and with workers, representatives and affiliated persons, involving the union as a whole through debates, tools and proposals to defend employment and its quality.

–          Develop a transnational network of environmental union representatives at the sector level that involve workers in our strategies

 

2) Participation in the company through consultation and social dialogue:

–          Promote the institutionalization of intersectoral forums for debate, consultation and dialogue on the implementation of strategies and policies with the participation of Trade Unions and groups of experts.

–          Use the Information and Consultation mechanisms to anticipate strategic changes and supervise the company’s greening policies, promoting their adaptation to the needs of workers for the ecological transition

–          Extend the scope of collective bargaining at the company level and on matters

As a conclusion of the meeting, the partners approved to:

–          Prepare a document, containing the basic demands on this matter, in the field of the transport sector, which would be directed to different institutional and union actors that participate in the framework of the Energy Transition-

–          Bring the topics covered and the good practices approved to workers in other sectors affected by the environmental impact (such as decarbonisation and metallurgy) that the energy transition entails.

–          Sign an agreement that allows the partners of the Learning Fast and Green Project, the continuity of the established lines of work.

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