How do International Labour Unions Conceptualize the Jobs vs. Environment Debate?

Authors Nora Rathzel (Dept. of Sociology, Umeå University, Sweden) and David Uzzell (Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, England) have published an academic article which focuses on the ways in which international trade unions are conceptualising the relationship between jobs and the environment. Between March 2009 and December 2010, 35 interviews were conducted with union officials of national unions in Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, as well as with international federation officers of these unions in Brussels, Geneva, London and Paris. On the basis of these interviews, the authors present and discuss four discourses of trade union engagement with climate change: ‘technological fix’, ‘social transformation’, ‘mutual interests’ and ‘social movement’, in the context of the different international histories and models of trade unionism.


Rathzel, Nora & Uzzell, David. 2011. “Trade unions and climate change: The jobs versus environment dilemma”. Global Environmental Change 21 (4): 1215-1223. Available at: Word – GEC_Jobs-Environment.pdf

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