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.
New environment policy agreed at Annual Delegate Conference 2015
On Thursday (21 May) conference agreed the NEC motion A115 to continue to promote the PCS green agenda and to increase the number of reps taking up sustainability issues in workplaces. It also reconfirmed the commitment to campaign for statutory rights for workplace environmental reps and reinstatement of formal central and departmental level consultation structures across the civil service, related bodies and the Commercial Sector.
Aviation Group President, Tahir Latif moved motion A116 in support of the fossil fuel divestment campaign and calling for investment in a unionised renewable industry with support for workers to ensure a just transition into new jobs. This is a fast growing campaign led by universities and students.
Another new policy area for PCS's green agenda is agriculture and waste, motion A117 moved by Nick Turnball, CPS Yorks and Humberside branch. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture including crop and animal production is the world's second largest GHG producer after the energy sector, a result of intensive farming practices including rearing of livestock and poultry as well as agriculture.
The motion recognised the role of labour in climate change policy and need to link labour rights of the agricultural workforce to issues of sustainability and corporate driven agriculture. There are over 450 million women and men at the heart of the food production system but who are among the most socially vulnerable, least organised into trade unions, and employed under the poorest health, safety and environmental conditions. Therefore supporting workers' struggles in the industry is key to changing our food system.
Finally motion A52 on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and environment/climate change was also agreed. This affirms PCS's position to campaign against all provisions in TTIP and support actions to challenge TTIP and other trade agreements. See also international pages of website for PCS briefing on TTIP.
Further information on how these motions are being taken forward will be posted in due course, and circulated to those on the green e-news network.
End Austerity Now National Demonstration - Climate Bloc 20 June
A report launched in January by Friends of the Earth dispells the myths about the scale of jobs fracking will create.
Welcoming the report, PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh said:
"We were told fracking would be a game changer driving down our energy bills, claims not even Lord Browne, chair of Cuadrilla believes. Now we're told the dash for gas is about energy security and jobs.
As this report shows, the arguments do not stack up in the face of the evidence and PCS is clear that investment in climate jobs - helping to reduce carbon emissions - is vital if we are to seriously address interrelated economic, energy and environmental concerns.
Development of the [North West] region’s abundant renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programmes will create better and greater employment opportunities than this literal race to the bottom for shale. Trade unions need to play a central role if we are to make a just transition to clean energy sources that protect both the jobs and livelihood of working people and the planet we inhabit."
The full press release from Friends of the Earth and a copy of the report can be accessed here.
The fourth national PCS green forum No to austerity - Yes to one million climate jobs took place in Manchester on 22-23 November 2014. The forum was chaired by NEC Vice President Sue Bond.
Attended by over 40 delegates the Forum heard speakers from No Dash for Gas, the Campaign Against Climate Change, World Development Movement (renamed Global Justice Now! in January) and Friends of the Earth. The focus of the 2014 forum was the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.
The Forum elected David Goodwin (HMRC), Austin Harney (MoJ), Jawid Iqbal (DfT), Sue Lloyd (DWP) and Jamie Vincent (CMSOA) to the Green Forum Advisory Group.
This body will support the NEC’s Climate Change and Environment Committee (CCEC) in progressing PCS’ green agenda and play a key role in developing regionally based networks of green reps. A full report of the forum is available from Green@pcs.org.uk.
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