Economic degrowth and job growth can and should go hand in hand.
What is the role of trade unions in a degrowth economy?
It may be difficult to imagine trade unions fighting for something else than economic growth, since they have always done so – with some success at least for a time. However, if their core business really is to secure jobs the present situation calls urgently for an alternative strategy. By prioritizing sustainable job growth trade unions stand to regain both their members and their historic position as an important power in the transformation of society.
Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.