Just Transition for All

A 2015 article which investigates how the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) developed an approach to climate justice and is intervening to shape policy around the 'just transition' in South Africa. [Originally posted at https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/globallabour/article/view/2325]
A 2022 [Originally posted at https://www.etui.org/sites/default/files/2022-08/Trade%20unions%20facing%20the%20eco-social-growth%20trilemma%20-%20Italy%20-%20Mandelli%20and%20Novelli.pdf[
A 2021 report which attempts to address the following questions: What do we mean when we talk about delivering a 'just transition' to net zero or embedding energy justice within the energy system? Who is responsible for operationalising this and ensuring energy justice is embedded in the transition to net zero? Do different stakeholders have different capacities to act? How can those with real power be motivated to create change and held accountable for their actions? [Originally posted at https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/78376/]
A 2018 presentation by Bela Galgoczi, European Trade Union Institute, Brussels, to the ACW All-Team Meeting, November 11, 2018, at York University, Toronto. The presentation focuses on how the concept of 'just transition' has developed into a mainstream demand for European labour unions. [Originally posted at https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/39297]
A 2019 paper which analyses potential social impacts in a concrete case: the planned transition from coal to hydrogen-based steelmaking in the Swedish steel industry. [Originally posted at https://lucris.lub.lu.se/ws/files/94761821/Vogl_Rootz_n_Svensson_2019_A_just_transition_towards_a_coal_free_steel_industry_Copy.pdf]
A 2022 Manifesto for Change which was developed as the final output from the ALIGN project1 and was developed by bringing together stakeholders from across national and local government, business and industry, trade unions, finance, community organisations and the third sector to hear their ambitions for a just energy transition by 2045. It was done by way of a half-day online workshop held in February 2022 in conjunction with the Just Transition Engagement Team at Scottish Government. [Originally posted at https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/81318/]
A 2020 paper which reviews the link of the 'just transition' to UNFCCC processes and labour unions before critically considering the current academic treatment of the agenda and in particular, the under emphasis of Nationally Determined Contributions. It then presents a series of research recommendations centred on a concern for how best to use this political background to leverage tangible impact. [Originally posted at https://pure.au.dk/portal/files/225604713/Politicising_the_Just_Transition.pdf]
A 2022 study which argues that achieving a 'just transition' from coal in Australia will require both deliberate work on the ‘hearts and minds’ journey to acceptance of and development of a shared vision of the concept and taking concrete practical action across government and industry to achieve this vision. [Originally posted at https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publications/towards-a-just-transition-from-coal-in-australia/#:~:text=Achieving%20a%20just%20transition%20from,industry%20to%20achieve%20this%20vision.]
A 2019 article which, drawing upon an extensive case study of the Portuguese climate jobs campaign, goes beyond showing how these orientations shape the positions taken by union and climate activists. The article also analyses how the conflicts and cooperation between these key actors can shed light on the possibilities and/or limitations of just transition as a framework for the collective action needed to achieve rapid, deep decarbonisation of economies in the Global North context. [Originally posted at https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/globallabour/article/view/3631]
A 2021 article which discusses international trade unions’ engagement with climate change. [Originally posted at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378021001266]
A 2021 article which presents a study of how key unions in Norway a country with a large petroleum sector as well as high union level density – have moved their preferences on transition issues in the period 2007–2019. [Originally posted at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210422421000654]
This 2021 declaration outlines the U.S. United Mine Workers of America's principles for energy transition "that will enhance opportunities for miners, their families and their communities are built around three simple goals: preserve coal jobs, create new jobs, and preserve coalfield families and communities." [Originally posted at https://umwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/UMWA-Preserving-Coal-Country-2021.pdf]
A 2022 article which analyses how political processes have mutually shaped Green and Deal, involving tensions between system change versus continuity. The article is based on publicly available documents, with advice from some activists involved in Green New Deal (GND) agendas [Originally posted at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10455752.2022.2062675]
A 2022 study which illustrates 15 contrasting interpretations of what constitutes a 'just transition' through interviews with 13 Swedish trade union representatives from Sweden’s three largest industrial emitters (steel, 14 petroleum refining, cement) along with representatives at the central level. [Originally posted at https://academic.oup.com/oocc/advance-article/doi/10.1093/oxfclm/kgac006/6823550]
A 2022 study where the researchers focus on in-depth interviews conducted in 2019 and 2020 with 48 labor union members and leaders in varied occupations from eight national unions located in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Energy workers' views on climate change were varied, but contrary to stereotypes about blue-collar workers “climate skeptic” views were held by only a few. [Originally posted at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629622000184]
A 2020 dissertation which argues that the 'just transition' policy framework may not vivify labor internationalism or erode support for right-wing populists if 'just transitions' are not part of leftwing populist projects. [Originally posted at https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/104394/Abraham_JC_D_2020.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y]

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Covid-19 and a Just Transition in India's Coal Mining Sector The COVID 19 pandemic hit India hard in early 2020, with negative GDP growth and a surge in unemployment. In the energy sector, coal fired power generation was already under pressure from overcapacity, low electricity demand growth, and increasingly competitive renewables.
Considerations for a Just and Equitable Energy Transition As the energy transition accelerates, it is our responsibility, it is our opportunity, to ensure that in addition to contributing to a healthy planet by replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources, this is accomplished in a just and equitable manner providing prosperity for all.

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