Posted Nov 30, 2022 8:15 AMUpdated Nov. 30, 2022, 3:33 p.m.
This is one of the novelties of the Climate and Resilience law. It gives social and environmental committees jurisdiction over environmental issues. With a clear stake of expertise. CSE consulting firms have begun to invest in the subject. But on these issues on which the sensitivity of employees is growing, there is a strong challenge for the unions to appropriate it and make it a militant subject. It is in this logic that is part of the launch this Tuesday evening of a “Radar work and environment”.
The initiative is the result of a cooperation launched more than eight months ago by the UGICT-CGT and the collective “For an ecological awakening”. On the union side, it all started with a manifesto for environmental responsibility that the Union of Engineers, Managers and Technicians of the Montreuil power plant adopted in 2021 and the observation of the difficulties of its implementation. “In a context of development of Greenwashing, our representatives in the CSEs find themselves at a loss when it comes to environmental issues”, explains Fabienne Tatot, in charge of the file at the UGICT-CGT.
An original cooperation
The collective “For an ecological awakening” was born from the mobilization of engineering students to obtain the integration of environmental issues into their training, with a manifesto signed by more than 30,000 young people. Their entry into the world of work led them to broaden the field. “Changing one’s individual behavior is not enough, we also have to question the choice of our profession and our employer in the face of the ecological emergency”, explains Antoine Trouche, who piloted the “radar” project with Fabienne Tatot.
The creation of employee collectives on these issues is a complementary approach to the trade union approach, because explains Antoine Trouche, the union is able to carry the demands in the company or the administration, the elected staff being moreover protected, which is not the case for the members of the collectives.
The “Work and Environment Radar” launched will be accessible to all staff representatives and CGT unions via a site open this Tuesday evening. First objective: establish an inventory of the environmental “ambitions” of the company or the administration of its action against global warming, pollution issues through the choice of subcontractors or the training policies of employees and the consequences for employment.
“Anticipate so as not to be cornered”
“We took care to simplify the process to make it as operational as possible,” explains Fabienne Tatot. “The questions are factual and on each one, we explain its importance and where to find the information, in the economic and social database, in the CSR data, in particular but not only”, underlines Antoine Trouche.
The idea is then to inform the employees of the inventory carried out and to build with them concrete proposals which will go from the evolution of the organization of the workstations to the transformation of the activity as a whole from the company. “It is of course a question of putting into practice the commitment of the CGT to fight for the ecological transition but also to anticipate the transformations so as not to be cornered there then with the consequences which they could have on employment” , explains Fabienne Tatot.
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