The energy transition is having a major impact on Europe and worldwide. But we often forget the workers producing the minerals so necessary for our energy supply now and in the future, are being negatively affected.
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Road map and recommendations
The transition to a sustainable economy with a low carbon footprint needs to be a fair and just transition for everyone. Such a “just” transition should implement all the new technologies for a greener economy, but at the same time, it must remember and protect the affected workers across the globe.
Learn more in our roadmap for a just transition, a guide for implementing and monitoring due diligence principles in the mining sector.
The roadmap also provides information for all stakeholders regarding their interactions in the supply chains. An integral approach is applied to recognize and include various aspects of the energy transition. This approach can be seen as a “green engine” for stimulating fair jobs in mining and managing natural resources in sustainable ways.
Trade unions join forces
The Workers Collective for a Just Transition
Trade union organisations in the mining region have realised they need to join together in order to play a stronger role in this transition. With the support of CNV Internationaal, they have established a coordination network: The Workers Collective for a Just Transition in Mining. This collective represents the workers in social dialogue and develops proposals for much needed social plans.
CNV Internationaal also supports trade unions representing workers in metals mining in Bolivia and Peru.
Analysis of mineral supply chains
A complete analysis of the conditions in the mining sector, which allows you to delve deeper into possible violations of the labour rights of miners.
OHS in mining research
Newly published monitoring research by CNV Internationaal and Profundo sheds light on the risks which are affecting the miners in the metals and coal mines .
Violations of labour rights and outsourcing at mining sites
In 2020, CNV Internationaal conducted an indept investigation into the situation of outsourced workers in Peru. The investigation indicates several alarming issues,
- the absence of long-term contracts,
- the non-payment of overtime, and
- the precarious health and safety conditions workers are subjected to.
Trade and financial relationships and the CSR approach of mining companies
In september 2022 Profundo together with CNV Internationaal, provided an overview of the Colombian coal mining sector with respects to:
- its main actors (including mining companies and their financiers),
- the impacts of their activities on human rights and labour rights,
- the trade relations with Europe,
- the role of Colombian coal for Europe
in the context of the current conjuncture (i.e., Europe’s energy price crisis resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Europe’s energy transition plans).
On 7 October 2021, the Workers Collective, supported by CNV Internationaal, launched a Labour Observatory for a Just Transition in Mining to analyse cases, share good practices, and to develop proposals.
Outcomes of the International Labour Conference 2023:
Outcome of the General Discussion Committee on a Just Transition
Proposed resolution and Conclusions submitted to the Conference for adoption>
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