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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".




40th Anniversary of the Lucas Plan - 26 November, Birmingham

Come and participate in a one day conference sponsored by PCS, Breaking the Frame, Red Pepper, Campaign against the Arms Trade and others.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan, the pioneering effort by workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace to fight job losses by proposing alternative, socially useful applications of the company's technology and their own skills.

Hear first-hand from former Lucas Aerospace shop stewards on the successes and challenges in developing the Lucas Plan.

Discuss how we can learn the lessons to tackle the threats faced today from climate change and destruction of jobs by automation.

Take part in workshops from local community plans, to climate jobs and industrial conversion and more.

Visit the Lucasplan website to find out more; email to be kept informed about the conference; email to find out to get involved if a PCS member.


From Climate Rising to The People's Demands

On Saturday 30 January, hundreds packed into the Friends Meeting House in London for the Climate Rising event organised by Friends of the Earth, partnered by PCS and This Changes Everything (UK).

This event was aimed at building the strength of the climate movement, uniting the struggles for environmental, labour and social justice.

Delegates heard from a range of inspiring speakers including PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh. Reflecting on the Paris climate talks Chris said this gives us the opportunity to start talking about alternatives such as climate jobs and believe another world is possible.

A panel chaired by Caroline Lucas MP looked at the question of where the climate movement goes next. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka emphasised the need for the trade union and environmental movement to unite around a common vision for economic and social justice.

Climate Rising was also about planning what we do next to tackle climate change - arguably the greatest threat facing workers today. Aside supporting many campaigns and green reps in the workplace, in 2016 PCS will continue to work closely with Friends of the Earth and This Changes Everything UK to unite our movements. 

As part of this event on 30 January we launched the People's Demands project.  Over the coming months we will be working to bring together many different groups and individuals to create a shared set of demands for a more just and sustainable economy.

To find out more and get involved - visit The Peoples Demands website. 

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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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