We are national trade union centers, global union federations, and individual unions representing millions of workers in the global North and South.


We call for a global moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas, coal seam gas, and shale oil.


Fracking is happening or is being proposed in a growing number of countries. In Argentina and Canada indigenous people have led the resistance, and in Bulgaria and Romania farmers have engaged in direct action against the gas companies.


Fracking has led to attacks on land rights, and the large amounts of water used in fracking also threatens to increase water scarcity in areas where water supply and access pose real problems for people, particularly those in poor rural communities.


In almost every country or region where fracking is either proposed or already happening it has met determined opposition from a wide array of people and organizations.


The experience of fracking in the United States since 2002 has shown that the process threatens the health and quality of life of communities situated near drilling sites.


There are tens of thousands of shale gas wells in the U.S. alone - and water contamination is a known result of drilling. The high-volume use of carcinogenic chemicals such as silica also poses a threat to health, particularly to workers on drilling sites and who handle the wastewater from fracking. In the U.S. companies are not even required by law to disclose the chemicals used in the process.


We are also concerned about the impact of fugitive methane from drilling sites on global warming. Recent drill-site and atmospheric studies show high levels of methane leakage -- suggesting that shale gas is worse than coal in terms of its impact on the atmosphere.


In calling for global a moratorium on fracking, our unions stand in solidarity with all communities, municipalities, regions and nations who have already introduced moratoriums or are attempting to do so.

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Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Central de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA)

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores Del Perú (CUT)

Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT) Brazil

Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB)

Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG) Spain

Confédération des syndicats nationaux, Québec (CSN)

Federatia Sindicatelor Independente din Educatie (FSIE) Romania

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (नेपाल ट्रेड यूनियन महासंघ)

Global Nurses United

International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)

Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Mangagawa (SENTRO) Philippines

Public Services International (PSI)

Education International (EI)

Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT)

Union NT (Northern Territory) Australia



 Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) United States and Canada

Associated Musicians of Greater New York

British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU)

Canadian Union of Public Employees

EL & IT Forbundet (Norway)

Federação Única dos Petroleiros--FUP (National Oilworkers Federation)  Brazil

Federación Nacional de Trabajadores de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Perú  (FENTAP)

Federación de Trabajadores de la Energia de la República Argentina, (Federation of Energy Workers-FETERA)

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) UK

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)  Australia

Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet)

National Union of Workers (Australia)

National Nurses United (NNU), United States

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) United States

Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) UK

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1021, US

Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) UK

Unión de Trabajadores de la Educación de Rio Negro (UnTER), Argentina

University and College Union (UCU) UK

Water Workers Union at EYATH, Thessaloniki, Greece