LRD Booklets June 2012

Green unions at work 2012

Introduction

Introduction — Brendan Barber [pages 1-7] (1,337 words)

The TUC would like to express its warm appreciation to the over 1,200 shop stewards and environmental reps who took part in the TUC’s 2012 green ...
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Chapter 1

1. Energy efficiency [ch 1: page 8] (248 words)

This chapter examines workplace action on energy efficiency. The initiatives reported to us ranged from the very ambitious to the simple to ...
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Action on energy efficiency [ch 1: pagea 8-10] (694 words)

Positive examples on energy efficiency [ch 1: pages 11-15] (1,392 words)

Carbon calculator: monitoring your organisation’s electricity and gas use [ch 1: page 12] (160 words)

Chapter 2

2. Green transport [ch 2: page 12] (97 words)

Transport is currently responsible for more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions, and these emissions are rising rapidly. However, there are ...
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Employer action on green transport [ch 2: pages 16-17] (353 words)

Homeworking [ch 2: page 17] (106 words)

Green travel plans [ch 2: pages 17-19] (522 words)

Union action on green transport [ch 2: pages 19-20] (267 words)

Problems with green transport initiatives [ch 2: page 20] (163 words)

Case study: PCS reps at HM Revenue & Customs Lillyhall —environmental sustainability plan [ch 2: page 21] (318 words)

Chapter 3

3. Best measures to green the workplace [ch 3: page 22] (86 words)

The LRD survey asked respondents to put forward the best environmental measure that had been introduced into their workplace. A wide variety of ...
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Simple measures [ch 3: page 22] (126 words)

Behaviour change [ch 3: pages 22-23] (178 words)

Providing information [ch 3: page 23] (64 words)

Setting targets [ch 3: page 23] (126 words)

And more… [ch 3: page 23] (79 words)

Case study: FBU reps at Bury St Edmunds Fire Station, Suffolk [ch 3: page 23] (583 words)

Chapter 4

4. Adapting to climate change [ch 4: pages 26-27] (456 words)

This chapter focuses on how employers are adapting to climate change. We explore whether working practices have been adapted to cope with hotter ...
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Examples of action on climate change [ch 4: pages 27-28] (483 words)

Problem areas [ch 4: pages 28-29] (240 words)

Case study: Community union reps at Tata Steel’s 20” Pipe Mill in Hartlepool [ch 4: pages 29-30] (473 words)

Chapter 5

5. Distribution of information [ch 5: page 31] (115 words)

When people see positive outcomes from environmental initiatives they are less likely to be cynical. Showing people the results will let them see ...
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Gainsharing [ch 5: page 31] (128 words)

Details of schemes [ch 5: pages 31-32] (197 words)

Case study: UCU reps at South Thames College create the Greener Jobs Alliance [ch 5: pages 32-33] (391 words)

Chapter 6

6. Union action on climate change in the workplace [ch 6: page 34] (175 words)

Findings from the LRD survey establish that union reps are very motivated about tackling climate change and reducing emissions. Nearly 40% of the ...
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Examples of unions initiating action [ch 6: pages 34-36] (567 words)

TUC GreenWorkplaces Projects [ch 6: pages 36-37] (188 words)

Examples of proposals accepted by management [ch 6: pages 37-38] (357 words)

Case study: Reps at US union IUE-CWA conduct award winning “treasure hunts” [ch 6: pages 38-39] (371 words)

Chapter 7

7. Unions promoting awareness [ch 7: page 40] (240 words)

From green newsletters and staff surveys to ‘green days’ and film shows, shop stewards are reaching out in imaginative ways to encourage staff to ...
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Case study: Reps at a BT call centre organise a sustainability debate [ch 7: page 40] (209 words)

Chapter 8

8. Formalising the union role [ch 8: pages 42-43] (413 words)

The LRD survey found that in over a quarter of the workplaces surveyed (312 organisations; 26%) there are management/union discussions on the ...
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Case study: Unite reps at Hutchison Ports (UK), the Port of Felixstowe [ch 8: pages 42-43] (434 words)

Chapter 9

9. The union environmental representative [ch 9: page 45] (80 words)

Just as unions and employers work together to improve health and safety in the workplace, union environmental representatives can be elected to ...
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The need for facility time [ch 9: pages 45-46] (510 words)

Union training [ch 9: pages 46-47] (76 words)

Green Skills and unionlearn [ch 9: page 47] (130 words)

Staff training [ch 9: page 47] (124 words)

Facilities for Green Reps [ch 9: page 48] (252 words)

GreenWorkplaces News [ch 9: page 48] (47 words)

Chapter 10

10. The economy [ch 10: pages 49-50] (305 words)

The LRD survey asked union reps and activists about the impact of the economic downturn on their employers’ commitments or plans for the ...
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Cuts to jobs, pay and conditions [ch 10: page 50] (288 words)

Case study: Construction union UCATT has been supporting a new and green approach to social housing [ch 10: pages 50-51] (377 words)

Green jobs [ch 10: page 52] (222 words)

Case study: Unionlearn: the Green Skills Partnership for London [ch 10: pages 52-53] (260 words)

Chapter 11

11. The Green Economy [ch 11: pages 54] (307 words)

This handbook demonstrates that unions view climate change as a positive opportunity to make a difference at work. But greening the workplace is just ...
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Campaign for the green economy [ch 1: pages 55-56] (519 words)

Climate change targets [ch 11: pages 56-57] (394 words)

What is “Just Transition”? [ch 11: pages 57-59] (503 words)

Further information

Further information [page 60] (197 words)

The Greener Deals guide offers advice on mapping union organisation around green issues, negotiating with employers on environmental issues and ...
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