In July, TUC Aid agreed to fund a project run by the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (BOSHE) Foundation to raise awareness of ‘just transition’, the idea that the transition to a low or no carbon economy must be based on principles of social justice and involvement of trade unions.
This mini project was designed to assist the OSHE Foundation - a union-run body - to continue its work with trade unions at field level on climate change issues through mobilisation, awareness raising and knowledge building to promote and operationalise the ‘just transition framework’ at national level.
Already, the mini project has seen the following actions taking place:
The impact of climate change on different parts of Bangladesh is affecting different national development initiatives: employment and livelihood of the working class people in vulnerable sectors; national food security systems; and basic public health, shelter and safe drinking water. OHSE's Just Transition - 2016 programme is successfully contributing to the creation of solidarity work within the national labour movement.
Working together on Just Transition issues at workplaces and at national level, and raising awareness among union members and workers in vulnerable sectors like agriculture, fishery, construction and manufacturing in the coastal belt areas on climate change are all part of demonstrating the important role that unions and workers can play.
A final project report is expected in January 2017.
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