LRD Booklets September 2019

Union action on climate change - a trade union guide

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Introduction

Introduction
 [pages 4-5] (893 words)

Trade unions have a long and proud tradition of taking and demanding action on the environment, but in recent years it has not always easy for them ...
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Chapter 1

1. Climate change and Just Transition
 [ch 1: page 6] (174 words)

University and college union UCU points out that: “There is now a scientific consensus that unless carbon-based energy use is radically reduced, ...
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The Paris Agreement
 [ch 1: pages 6-7] (202 words)

The IPCC special report on climate change
 [ch 1: page 7] (179 words)

The consequences of climate change today
 [ch 1: pages 7-8] (318 words)

Climate change and Just Transition
 [ch 1: page 8] (167 words)

What is Just Transition?
 [ch 1: page 8] (272 words)

The development of TUC policy on Just Transition
 [ch 1: page 9] (325 words)

Just Transition to a greener, fairer economy
 [ch 1: pages 9-11] (837 words)

Union policies on Just Transition 
 [ch 1: pages 11-12] (564 words)

International examples
 [ch 1: pages 12-13] (249 words)

Scottish Just Transition Partnership and Commission
 [ch 1: pages 13-14] (585 words)

TUC Yorkshire and Humberside Low Carbon Task Force
 [ch 1: pages 14-16] (612 words)

Government policy and (in)action 
 [ch 1: pages 16-17] (694 words)

Industrial strategy
 [ch 1: pages 17-18] (240 words)

Clean Growth Strategy
 [ch 1: page 18] (327 words)

Labour’s Green New Deal
 [ch 1: page 19] (198 words)

Chapter 2

2. Green union reps 
 [ch 2: page 20] (135 words)

Trade union green or environmental reps (UERs) are important because over half of carbon emissions are work-related. Organisations have a vitally ...
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The role of the environmental or green rep
 [ch 2: pages 20-21] (476 words)

Green rep networks
 [ch 2: page 21] (150 words)

A green reps’ handbook
 [ch 2: pages 22-23] (485 words)

Green newsletters
 [ch 2: page 23] (338 words)

Green rep training
 [ch 2: page 24] (317 words)

Guidance on workplace environmental audits and workplace environmental action plans 
 [ch 2: pages 24-25] (303 words)

Bargaining guidance for green reps and other negotiators
 [ch 2: page 25] (104 words)

Carbon management plans
 [ch 2: pages 25-26] (409 words)

Green bargaining case studies 
 [ch 2: page 26] (128 words)

TUC Greening the workplace case studies
 [ch 2: pages 27-28] (639 words)

A workplace environmental sustainability agreement
 [ch 2: pages 28-29] (430 words)

Examples of union workplace action 
 [ch 2: pages 29-32] (935 words)

Green action days [ch 2: page 31] (182 words)

Campaign for environmental rights for green reps
 [ch 2: pages 32-33] (295 words)

International examples
 [ch 2: page 33] (150 words)

Environmental law
 [ch 2: pages 33-34] (410 words)

Government proposals for future environmental laws 
 [ch 2: pages 34-35] (705 words)

Health and safety law
 [ch 2: page 36] (55 words)

Safety reps’ rights
 [ch 2: page 36] (158 words)

COSHH
 [ch 2: pages 36-37] (237 words)

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 
 [ch 2: page 37] (126 words)

Problems with the law
 [ch 2: page 37] (172 words)

Chapter 3

3. Energy generation, efficiency and ownership
 [ch 3: page 38] (320 words)

In 2018, an estimated 27% of the UK’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were from energy supply, compared with 33% from the transport sector (see ...
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TUC energy policy
 [ch 3: page 38] (113 words)

Energy unions’ blueprint for moving to a low-carbon economy
 [ch 3: pages 39-40] (493 words)

Energy democracy, public ownership and climate change 
 [ch 3: pages 40-41] (423 words)

Municipal energy companies
 [ch 3: page 41] (216 words)

UNISON’s proposals for bringing retail supply operations of the “Big Six” into public ownership [ch 3: pages 41-42] (653 words)

The lessons from natural gas conversion 
 [ch 3: page 43] (176 words)

Investment
 [ch 3: pages 43-44] (591 words)

Broken promises on renewable energy jobs
 [ch 3: pages 44-45] (565 words)

Converting to hydrogen
 [ch 3: page 46] (326 words)

Carbon capture, storage and utilisation
 [ch 3: pages 46-47] (185 words)

Nuclear energy
 [ch 3: page 47] (467 words)

Energy efficiency
 [ch 3: pages 47-48] (190 words)

Union guidance for reps
 [ch 3: page 48] (274 words)

Union rep training
 [ch 3: pages 48-49] (90 words)

Divesting from fossil fuels in local government pension schemes
 [ch 3: pages 49-50] (424 words)

Fossil fuel divestment in universities
 [ch 3: page 50] (299 words)

Campaigning against fossil fuel company sponsorships
 [ch 3: pages 50-51] (242 words)

Fracking
 [ch 3: pages 51-52] (505 words)

Union reps in action
 [ch 3: page 52] (326 words)

Chapter 4

4. Transport, climate change and air pollution
 [ch 4: page 53] (70 words)

Transport is responsible for a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions (see page 38). The resolution adopted at the 2017 TUC Congress (see ...
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Bringing public transport into public ownership
 [ch 4: page 53] (204 words)

Railways
 [ch 4: pages 53-54] (292 words)

Rail freight
 [ch 4: page 54] (291 words)

Rail electrification
 [ch 4: pages 54-55] (250 words)

Bus services
 [ch 4: page 55] (255 words)

Taxis
 [ch 4: pages 55-56] (209 words)

Electric vehicles 
 [ch 4: page 56] (350 words)

Aviation
 [ch 4: page 57] (196 words)

Shipping
 [ch 4: page 57] (212 words)

Trade Union Clean Air Network 
 [ch 4: page 58] (340 words)

Diesel engine exhaust emissions 
 [ch 4: pages 58-59] (578 words)

Union action on diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) 
 [ch 4: page 60] (329 words)

Guidance for reps on tackling air pollution
 [ch 4: pages 60-61] (431 words)

Training for reps
 [ch 4: pages 61-62] (214 words)

Canairy app — a resource for union reps in London 
 [ch 4: page 62] (256 words)

Union campaigns for clean air
 [ch 4: pages 62-63] (520 words)

Promoting active travel 
 [ch 4: pages 63-64] (185 words)

Union guidance on low-carbon travel and transport plans
 [ch 4: pages 64-65] (453 words)

Union reps in action
 [ch 4: pages 65-66] (604 words)

European laws 
 [ch 4: page 66] (276 words)

Toxic cabin air
 [ch 4: page 66] (134 words)

Underground, overground
 [ch 4: page 67] (180 words)

The Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) charter
 [ch 4: pages 67-68] (298 words)

Government’s clean air strategy
 [ch 4: page 68] (256 words)

Chapter 5

5. Union action on other environmental issues
 [ch 5: pages 69-70] (697 words)

In May 2019, delegates at shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s annual conference called on food manufacturers to reduce unnecessary food waste. They also ...
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Union reps in action
 [ch 5: page 70] (175 words)

Protecting biodiversity and nature 
 [ch 5: pages 70-71] (225 words)

Unite strategy — From plough to plate 
 [ch 5: pages 71-72] (431 words)

Natural England campaign
 [ch 5: page 72] (211 words)

Pesticides
 [ch 5: pages 72-74] (608 words)

Adapting to climate change
 [ch 5: page 74] (142 words)

Hot weather and maximum workplace temperatures
 [ch 5: pages 74-75] (385 words)

Severe weather policies 
 [ch 5: page 75] (225 words)

Chapter 6

6. Education, training, skills and apprenticeship policy
 (179 words)

The 2019 conference of the teachers’ union NEU agreed to “lobby the government to press them on plans to carry out their obligation under the ...
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Green skills
 [ch 6: page 76] (208 words)

The Greener Jobs Alliance 10-point plan for green skills
 [ch 6: pages 76-78] (936 words)

Further information

Further information 
 [pages 79-80] (552 words)

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) — focuses on the jobs and skills needed for a transition to a low carbon economy. Launched with funding from Battersea ...
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