Trade Unions

As a contribution to developing the trade union role in sustainable development, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) organized a conference in Manchester, England, entitled "From Rio to the Workplace". Its aim was to discuss and develop proposals for translating the objectives agreed to in Rio into action, by exchanging information, reviewing programs and developing policies for the future. The conference is intended for union officers with responsibilities for environmental questions, including workplace safety. In addition to the approximately 80 union participants, the ICFTU will also be inviting representatives of industry, local authorities, environmental groups and international agencies to join in discussions.