Challenges and Prospects for Trade Union Environmentalism

Adrien Thomas, Valeria Pulignano

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This contribution addresses a core issue raised by the engagement of trade unions with climate change mitigation: How do trade unions come to terms with the varying interests of their members and how do they articulate these interests and societal concerns when it comes to climate change mitigation? Looking at trade unions across different socio-geographical contexts, including North–South, the contribution analyses trade union responses to decarbonisation policies at international, national, sectoral and company levels. In the light of these responses, trade union engagement with climate change is situated and discussed within the tradition of broader debates over the articulation by trade unions of short- and long-term goals, and of overall objectives and sectoral priorities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies
EditorsNora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis, David Uzzel
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-71909-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-71908-1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameThe Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies


  • Trade unions
  • Social dialogue
  • Environmental policy
  • Just transition
  • Greenhouse gases

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