Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the ITUC-AP, spoke on “Just Transition of Workforce and Creation of Decent Work and Quality Jobs: Opportunity and Challenges” during the Asia - Pacific Climate Week held in Singapore from 10 - 13 July 2018.
“Social dialogue is a key to a successful just transition. Workers are ready to be better prepared to address the transformation to the green, new economy. To this end, they must be provided an opportunity to upgrade their skills” said the General Secretary. “In Asian and Pacific, we must create a stable climate for social partners to operate without fears of reprisal in comply with Conventions No. 87 and No. 98 of the ILO.”
Stronger cooperation is needed. Through social dialogue, concluding agreements of the implementation of economic, social and environmental policies, including with a view to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals must be considered. The ITUC calls on all pension funds to demand the companies they invest in to present plans consistent with the Paris Agreement for a Just Transition, including job protection and, where necessary, re-skilling and redeployment measures.
The General Secretary continued, “COP24 Katowice should be a reminder to ensure that all stakeholders are committed to: