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The TUC's Greenworkplaces projects show how unions are leading the way with a wide range of imaginative initiatives on energy saving at work, waste reduction, recycling, green travel plans and many other ideas. Over 1,300 green reps replied to the 2009 survey of green workplaces carried out for the TUC by the Labour Research Department (LRD), so clearly a lot is happening out there!
The TUC is currently working with unions and management to deliver training and support in projects at, for example, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Leicester City Council, The National Library of Scotland, Corus, the National Union of Teachers, who are greening their own workplace, and a major initiative at United Utilities. The union network of greenworkplace projects is expanding through the South West TUC’s GreenWorkplaces project, now well underway in that region. Also, a successful bid by a consortium of four unions (PCS, UCU, CWU and NUT) for Defra funding has led to the Climate Solidarity project, which aims to build community/workplace links for greening working and living.
|Useful resources for union reps.
- Greener Deals Guide
|- Go green at work, a handbook for green reps|
|- Unions and climate change|
|- Greening the workplace: environmental rights at work|
Our GreenWorkplaces projects are supported by a unionlearn-led environmental education programme that took off in earnest three years ago. For course details visit: http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/courses/index.cfm/sb/14/
A number of affiliates also run their own environmental courses. The TUC’s GreenWorkplaces projects all include joint union/management training programmes. Whilst we don’t have a database for those trained, we are confident that we are approaching the 1,000 mark.
The TUC wants statutory rights for trade union environment reps – both in terms of training and facility time. Unions want the statutory right for workplace environmental representatives to take reasonable time off during working hours to:
The TUC wants the law changed to allow amendments to be made to the ACAS code of practice, Time off for trade union duties and activities. In TUC GreenWorkplaces projects, and many other workplaces, unions have, on an ad-hoc basis, been extending their rights to cover an ever widening environmental agenda at work to tackle climate change. We are looking for a change in the law to make the position of union green reps absolutely clear.Related links
The most recent documents available on this subject are:TUC GreenWorkplaces Newsletter June 2013
TUC GreenWorkplaces Newsletter June 2013PDF version available for download
We now import 10% more carbon through the energy used on imported goods that we produce at home. This TUC Briefing looks at the latest evidence from the Climate Change Committee. It argues that we need a new climate-aware industrial policy, one that...
Congress 2012 - TUC Briefing Motions supporting a Green industrial strategy Congress 2012 included debates on two motions on energy and climate change, backing TUC campaigns in support of a low carbon energy strategy; the creation of Green Reps net...
TUC GreenWorkplaces Newsletter March 2013PDF version available for download
This ETUC guide provides advice on good practice from trade union activists across the EU on how to get going on greening their workplaces. It includes excellent examples on energy use, using less resources, recycling and green travel, plus a walkrou...
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