The final conference of the project was held on 12 November 2020 ad was participated by 13 people. Due the COVID-19 pandemic the meeting was implemented online.
After the welcoming the participant continue with the point in the agenda:
1st Presentation: summary of the actions carried out during the project.
After recalling the reasons that motiveted the development of the project; As well as its basic objective of improving the participation of the representatives of the workers and the unions in the development and implementation of the environmental policy at the company level; the speaker illustrated the action carried out during the implementation period, presenting them in four blocks:
1. Research phase of the Project: Consisting of the preparation of the Learning Fast and Green Survey, in which aspects such as: Knowledge of the main policies related to green transition have been monitored; knowledge of the participation, on the part of the social partners in the energy transition; the perception of green jobs by workers and representatives in the Transportation Sector; knowledge of the subjects on which the Just Transition process in the Transport Sector should focus and how to guarantee this transition process.
2.- Meetings and seminars: In this block the meetings held during the celebration of the Project were reviewed, recalling their contents and the agreements reached therein.
Kick of meeting – (Rome, Italy), May 9, 2019;
Training Course – (Vilnius, Lithuania), June 26 and 27, 2019.
National working groups held in each country among representatives of the project partners and held between October and December 2019-
Study visit – (Kracóv, Poland), November 20, 2019.
Steering Committeee.- (Toledo, Spain), February 20, 2020
Follow up meeting – (Online), November 12, 2020
3.- Publications: Under this part the project’s website was recalled, and its dissemination through social networks; as well as information on the preparation and contents of the Final report, already included in the languages of all Project partners on the aforementioned website.
4.- Agreements: In this section, the information on the content of the Continuity Agreement of the project and the Statement of Claims was advanced, which was discussed in the last point of the day’s agenda.
2nd Presentation: Presentation of the final conclusions drawn from the Research analysis of the “Learning Fast and Green” Project.
After an exhaustive review of the analysis of the different aspects evaluated in the survey, the following general conclusions about it were specified:
- A greater understanding of current policies for green economy is necessary.
- The energy transition is not a priority for the Trade Unions (nor for the Social Dialogue) that consider it a future perspective. In this sense, workers are committed to:
– transnational cooperation as the best way to deal with these issues
– Union participation and commitment must be increased, which is scarce.
– the need to bet on decent work and the quality of employment, as a fundamental element of social dialogue.
- Workers and Unions believe that green jobs will have an effect on the Transport Sector.
But, while for unions it is perceived as a threat to current employment, for workers, it is a possibility to combat unemployment and an option to improve their job, mainly through their own requalification in professional skills.
- In this sense, more than half of those surveyed believe that the just transition should focus on the requalification of workers and their rehabilitation in the workplace, based on education and learning. Since the deficit in training and qualification, this is the greatest difficulty in addressing the Just Transition.
3rd Presentation: Presentation of good improvement practices on the participation of workers’ representatives in the Just Transition in the Transport Sector.
Good improvement practices have their reference in the conclusions drawn from the Research Phase of the Project and the interventions made by the project partners in their interventions in the different meetings held.
It was higlight that for the energy Transition to be Just, it is necessary to meet a series of conditions, among which it is found that it must be carried out from the dialogue between Governments and social partners, because there cannot be a Strategic Plan for Just Transition without the participation of workers.
Starting from this concept, the good practices conclusion of the project aims to prepare unions and employers in three specific aspects, which we summarize below:
1) Information and awareness of trade union and business leaders, by raising awareness about the priority of working on the energy transition, establishing it as a priority in social dialogue; and providing necessary training on issues related to green economics.
In this sense, they insisted on the need to develop alliances with other climate actors and to develop a transnational network of environmental union representatives at the sector level that involve workers in these strategies.
2) Participation in the company through consultation and social dialogue; Through the institutionalization of forums for debate and collective bargaining in sectoral and regional spheres and in the specific sphere of companies, regarding the energy transition, using the Information and Consultation mechanisms to anticipate strategic changes and supervise green policies of the company promoting its adaptation to the needs of the workers for the ecological transition
3) Actions in specific matters: employment and unemployment; training and learning and occupational health and safety. In this third block of good practices, the need to guarantee the requalification of workers to adapt their professional skills to the new requirements of green jobs was stressed; to establish social protection systems in national policies on energy transition, based on the principles of universality, equal treatment and continuity; in promoting training for the permanent learning of workers and in evaluating the new occupational risks that may arise from the application of this energy transition, putting the necessary preventive measures to protect the health of workers in the Transport Sector.
4th Presentation.- Presentation, debate and approval, where appropriate, of project documents
As a result of the steering committee held in Toledo on February 20, it was agreed to prepare two documents that have been subject to debate and approval.
The content of a Charter is agreed, signed by all project partners, containing the basic demands to guarantee a just energy transition, in the field of the transport sector. The Letter would be addressed to:
The content of a Continuity Agreement is agreed that allows the partners of the Learning Fast and Green Project, the continuity of the established lines of work.