This guide has several objectives: first of all, it provides a clear definition of the concept of adaptation to climate change. Second, it aims to give the reader a clear idea of how climate change consequences will affect the different European regions and sectors. Third, it aims to explain what effects climate change will have on health and safety of workers. Finally, it details a set of recommendations and looks at existing practices to allow trade unions to take action on adaptation at the various levels.
This publication highights that trade unions must include climate change adaptation in their strategies and raise awareness among their workers and members to prevent the potential risks. Coherent and effective adaptation strategies, that properly assess and tackle the sustainability of jobs, health and safety at work, as well as the creation of decent and quality jobs while providing social protection measures for those who may be left behind. The publication mentions that it is key to ensure a just transition for all and prevent the risk of a territorial and social breach, especially in the regions and sectors that will be the most affected.