A fair and just environmental transition means that the burden of change is borne by all, that the benefits are shared by all, that those most vulnerable to change are protected, and that all conditions are fostered to ensure a socially responsible environmental transition. For this EFBWW demands that:
- the workers representatives are involved in all levels and stages of the transition phase (VET, Collective bargaining, implementation of actions ...);
- the transition measures are organized in a system of 'solidarity';
- no workers are left behind and particular attention should be given to the non and low skilled workers, migrants, youngsters and older workers and women;
- life-long-learning is a workers right, aimed to strengthen the professional skills and qualifications of the workers;
- workers have a right to retraining and/or mediation towards other jobs or industries;
- a basic digital and environmental training is guaranteed to all construction workers;
- the transition take in account new occupational health and safety hazards, such as psychosocial hazards, the impact of new technologies at the workplace, hazardous substances, workplace;
- professional skills and qualifications are recognized and imposed for specific construction activities;
- that the risk of energy poverty must be addressed
The construction sector is not only the biggest industrial employer, but also the motor of general employment policy. The impact of the sector on economic, social and fiscal policy is of considerable importance for national authorities.
Information of the European construction industry is available on the website of the European Commission.