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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.

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Fracking in Lancashire?  Preston Public meeting 4 November 2014

In November Lancashire County Council will be deciding whether to allow Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire; again.

A public meeting has been organised in Preston to hear speakers from Frack Free Lancashire, Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, Friends of the Earth, Unite. 

Caudrilla invited and local councillors are being encouraged to attend. 

Meeting details:

  • Tuesday 4 November from 7.00 for 7.30 start
  • St John's Minster, 
         Church Street,
         Preston,
         PR1 3BU.
  • (10 mins from Preston train station)

We also have model letters to raise objections to the decision makers. If anyone based in Lancashire would like copies, please contact Sam@pcs.org.uk

 

Latest PCS Becoming a Greener Union report available

Over the past year, PCS has continued to play a lead role on green issues in the trade union movement, taking forward motion A93 passed at 2013 Annual Delegates Conference (ADC).

This report outlines the numerous activities which have taken place – including the Green Forum - at the level of PCS as a workplace, across the government estate, and the campaigns we are involved with.

Read the full report   Becoming a Greener Union.

Thanks to PCS green reps Angelika Konko and Russ Spollin for their contributions and pictures.

Report on PCS Green Forum, 15-16 November 2013

The third national PCS green forum, No to Austerity - Yes to one million climate jobs: Why climate change is a trade union issue, took place in Leeds 15-16 November 2013. 

Attended by 42 delegates including observers from sister unions, Friends of the Earth, Frack-off and Fuel Poverty Action, participants looked at the role of a green rep, carrying out workplace environmental audits and campaigning against fracking and fuel poverty.

The forum was chaired by Karen Watts, NEC member and member of the NEC greening the workplace task group.

A panel discussion covering a range of climate change related issues was opened with an overview on why climate change is a trade union issue by PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh, and included presentations from PCS reps in Forestry and Aviation. These were supported with enlightening presentations from colleagues as TSSA and the FBU.

Following the "wettest January ever" nothing could more bring home the important work members do in the fire and rescue services and need to support their campaign for a statutory duty to respond to flooding.

Similarly with the ensuing transport chaos and collapse of the rail network the case for a fully integrated publicly owned rail network could not be stronger.

The forum elected Graham Bowers (Defra), Kate Duffy (DWP), Clara Paillard (CMSOA), Steve Ryan (HMRC) and William Young (HMRC) to the newly created Green Forum Advisory Body.

This will support the NEC’s greening the workplace task group in progressing PCS’ green agenda, take forward the recommendations and next steps arising out of the forum, and play a key role in developing regionally based networks of green reps.

Watch a video of the forum’s highlights

Read a full report here   PCS Green Forum 2013 report

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