Greening our workplaces - green skills for trade unionists
Event details
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 09:15 to
Thu, 11 Mar 2021 - 16:45

Workers across all sectors will be affected by changes and will be part of the efforts to decarbonise and move Wales to a more sustainable, zero-waste, circular economy. And trade union members have the knowledge and ideas to help deliver the changes needed.

Workers have a huge amount of knowledge that can help organisations looking to reduce their environmental impact. It’s often the workers on the ground who are most likely to understand how to do this effectively.  Trade unions can play a key role in identifying and delivering best environmental practice at workplace level.

Unions can ensure that efforts to reduce an organisation’s environmental impact are developed collaboratively and in full consultation with workers. Involving workers can make sure that changes are fair, effective and have the full support of people in the workplace.

This course focusses on the practical skills needed to develop union-led sustainability initiatives in the workplace. It covers the core skills required for trade unionists who want to take practical action on the environment in their workplace or become a trade union environmental or ‘green’ representative.

Across Wales, union reps are already working with their members to make workplaces more sustainable. They are finding ways to cut carbon and reduce waste, campaigning for cleaner air and creating green spaces to support nature. This course will support all trade unionists who want to be involved in the movement to green our workplaces.

The course covers:

  • Understanding the climate and environmental emergency and identifying the impact on your workplace
  • Working with the branch and members to identify sustainability issues that need to be raised with management
  • How to carry out workplace environmental audits
  • How to review and develop workplace environmental policies and agreements
  • Awareness raising and promotion of green workplace practices

Course Duration

25th February to 11th March 2021

3 days’ worth of learning.

Who should attend: all trade unionists who wish to take action on the climate and nature emergency in their workplace, including union officers, branch officials, reps, health and safety reps, union learning reps, equality reps.

How to apply:

Applications to: John James, Trade Union Studies Centre, Coleg Gwent

Tel: 07527 450276


Venue: online

Hours: 9.15am to 16.45pm