The rapid increase in droughts, floods and forest fires across Europe has demonstrated the severe effects of climate change. Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine has underscored the need to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The creation of the European Green Deal enshrined the green transition as one of the top policy priorities of the European Union. The initiative also includes measures to alleviate poverty and address inequalities that may arise as part of the shift to a net-zero economy.
Trade unions play an important role in preparing and representing workers in this process of transformation. They act as the voice of workers and fight for fair pay and conditions during this change. Therefore, active engagement in social dialogue will be necessary to secure climate action that delivers for all workers and leaves no one behind.
The Workers' Group is organizing an extraordinary meeting to discuss the ways in which social dialogue can play a strong role ensuring a just transition. The keynote speech will be given by Marian Jurečka, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic. Mikuláš Bek, Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic, Josef Středula, President of of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) and Bohumír Dufek, President of the Association of Independent Trade Unions (ASO ČR), will evaluate the priorities and programme of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Mikuláš Peksa, MEP, Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary, and Oliver Röpke, President of the EESC Workers' Group, will outline the challenges facing the European Green Deal. Lastly, Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Dana Roučková, Deputy Minister for Legislation, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, Radka Sokolová, Vice-President of ČMKOS, Jan Wiesner, President of the Confederation of Employers' and Entrepreneurs' Associations of the Czech Republic (KZPS ČR), and Dagmar Žitníková, President of the Healthcare and Social Care Union of the Czech Republic, will discuss the role of social dialogue in the green transition.
The event will be web streamed