Unions join walkout of Warsaw climate talks


In a major development, unions and key NGOs have walked out of the UN climate talks in Warsaw. See the press statement released by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said:

“We have been shocked by some of the wealthiest nations including Canada and Australia showing a lack of responsibility for ambitious targets and with almost all developed nations failing to commit vital finance and even questioning the need for ‘just transition’ measures for the world’s workers and their families.”

The walkout statement that the unions signed on to pulls no punches:

“We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19″ (COP means “Conference of the Parties”)

“The Warsaw Conference has put the interests of dirty energy industries over that of global citizens with a “Coal and Climate Summit” being held in conjunction; corporate sponsorship from big polluters plastered all over the venue; and a Presidency (Poland) that is beholden to the coal and fracking industry.”

“We are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action. We will work to transform our food and energy systems at a national and global level and rebuild a broken economic system to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy with decent jobs and livelihoods for all.”

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