1 November 2021

Union leaders write to leaders of the COP26 nations

The letter, signed by 14 general secretaries, asks them to listen to workers’ voices on climate issues.

The general secretaries of PCS, Unite, FBU, the NEU and ten other unions have written to the leaders of the COP26 nations.

The COP26 negotiations involve government leaders and officials but largely exclude workers and worker representatives.

The letter points out that “Workers keep our economies going. Without workers, there will be no transition to the economy we need for the future.

“Yet too often workers' voices have been ignored when it comes to decision-making about the climate, and plotting a route out of the catastrophe we now face.”

It goes on: “The voice of workers needs to be heard in all matters which affect us.

“Whether it is the measures we use to address climate change, or how we protect workers’ jobs and livelihoods as we transition to a more sustainable society, there are many issues where workers should have a central say.”

It urges the leaders of the nations at COP26 to “talk to workers and their representatives before, during and after your negotiations at COP26. Doing so is the only way of making sure workers are properly catered for. Workers know what’s best for them, understand their jobs and industries and have the insights and experience which can help to change everybody’s world for the better.”

Global day of action

Trade unions are mobilising to protest around COP26. On Saturday 6 November, the Global Day of Action, there will be demonstrations, marches and protests at locations across the UK. See our events page for details of an event near you.

Read more about why climate change is a trade union issue.

The PCS Green Reps and Climate Justice course on 7 and 14 December (10:00 am to 12:30 pm) is open to all members interested in getting involved in actively tackling green issues in all PCS regions and nationsPlease register online.