PAWUSA reached an advanced declaration on Climate Change ahead of Cop 17 and plans for COP 18 in support of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign and struggle for climate justice.
Some NEC members leaving the World of Work conference on Climate Change at Howard College, Durban, during the COP 17 Conference.
PAWUSA Joined the One Million Climate Jobs campaign launched at the COP17 Conference, the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC.
PAWUSA has been at the forefront surrounding the drive for climate justice in the face of an apparent dragging of feet by the major contributors to global warming. It is imperative that we as unionists and particularly as Africans are involved in these discussions to ensure the protection of our children in generations to come, given that we and other poor nations, would be hardest hit by the effects of climate change.
To this end PAWUSA has on 30 October 2011 made far reaching resolutions on climate change in a workshop conducted in Durban. The workshop was constituted by the National Executive Committee, organizers and representatives of the newly formed PAWUSA Youth Network, and it was facilitated Brian Ashley of the Alternative Information Development
Centre AIDC initiative. Brian Ashley is a world renowned activist on the drive to create One Million Climate Jobs.
PAWUSA was part of several forum’s taking place on a daily basis at the World of Work Pavilion held at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. One of the largest such forums was attended by international labour and civic organizations including COSATU. PAWUSA was one of the unions with such a well developed resolution on Climate Change. The resolution of PAWUSA is in line with world thinking.
PAWUSA is one of forty civil society organisations played a role in the process of establishing the Campaign:
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RESOLUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF PAWUSA concluded on 30 October 2011, ahead of the COP17 Conference.
Herein is the resolutions of the NEC of PAWUSA concluded on 30 October 2011 in Durban, ahead of the COP17 Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban. The resolution was concluded in conjunction with the Youth Network of PAWUSA which was founded in order to address issues facing the youth in the context of tomorrows world.
Long term resolutions:
- Awareness campaign through provincial structures
- Monitoring of the resolution (consistently remind the need for implementation)
- Identify allies and friends in the campaign
- Capital not to be responsible for the renewable energy sector
- N.B. workers co operatives and state company to take charge of the implementation of the sector
- Training agency (re-skilling)
- Clear cut plan to ensure workers ownership through co operatives and strengthening of the public sector
- Plan to be created – for the provision of affordable, sustainable and renewable energy including energy reduction in conjunction with worker organizations
- Plan/Carter of guarantees on clean water; need for Govt agency to oversee just transition including re-skilling, training and redeployment of workers from polluting industries to non-polluting industries
- Interrogate and adopts Cosatu’s position on reduction of emission
- African plan/charter to spell out African position on the degree reduction in conjunction with AU, SADEC and Socialist forums: PAWUSA' should call upon Cosatu to take leadership role on the matter at a continental level
- PAWUSA' support and adopt Cosatu’s position on the reduction rate except that Cosatu should enforce a binding agreement on the extension of the Kyoto protocol.
- Payment for the capacity – Adopt the proposal that development countries responsible must fund climate control
- Develop a position paper on the climate change as our input to Cosatu.
Short term resolutions:
Focus on Cop 17 Summit:
- PAWUSA' members will fully participate
- Mobilise members, youth, communities, women movements and organisation
- Posters, banners, flyers
- Regional workshops
- Organise transport
- T shirts and special banners
- Submit recommendations to Cosatu on their submission
- Make resolution for submission to Cosatu CEC on Climate Change
- Use contents of the Cosatu Policy on the matter