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"Half of UK carbon emissions are produced by work activity. Workplaces burn energy, consume resources and generate waste and travel." Greening the Workplace, TUC Workplace Manual 2012

On these pages you'll find news, tips and useful information, campaigns and PCS policy on green issues such as climate change, energy, waste and recycling.

We believe that green or sustainable workplaces should also take on board wider issues such as ethical investment, fair trade and workers' rights.

Find out about green events in your area.

Climate change is a trade union issue

Chris BaughHear PCS Assistant General Secretary Chris Baugh explain why climate change is a trade union issue: Radio Labor Interview Duration 10' 46".




Bilateral Investment Treaties: transferring risk from business to people.

PCS is working with the Trade Justice Movement to call for a fundamental rethink of the UK’s approach to trade and investment. Getting our approach right for existing treaties will help to shape our future trade arrangements.

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are treaties between two countries that deal exclusively with the protections to be offered to international investors. In effect, they mean that companies have little need to undertake risk assessments because they know that people in the country they are investing in will always pick up the tab if the company’s profits are hit by government policy changes.

The UK has BITs with more than 100 countries, more than two-thirds of them are developing countries. Because it is very unusual for developing country businesses to be able to afford to invest in rich countries, the UK knew when it signed the deals that it was exposing itself to minimal risk.

The treaties allow companies to challenge a wide range of government policy decisions, from changes to environmental legislation, labour laws, decisions regarding tariffs for water and electricity to measures put in place in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Following the UK vote to leave the EU, the UK has to rethink its entire trade policy. Formal negotiations on new trade arrangements cannot begin until the UK exits the EU. But we can take action right now on the UK’s existing Bilateral Investment Treaties.

Read the Trade Justice Movement’s full briefing to learn more


What you can do?

Please encourage your MP to sign this Early Day Motion: 

Email your MP by following the link to the action on the Global Justice Now! website here.


Find out more about PCS's green work & sign up to the green e-news

PCS is part of a growing movement demanding economic, social and environmental justice for workers and communities to a unionised low carbon economy. 

The People's Demands is one way to get involved on climate issues but there are many others: at the workplace becoming a green rep, raising through trades councils and anti-cuts groups, attending meetings and joining local campaigns.

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