Chelmsford TUC

In Your Workplace

Green Workplaces

The TUC has launched a Greenworkplaces project to show how unions are leading the way with a wide range of imaginative initiatives on energy saving at work, waste reduction, recycling, green travel plans and many other ideas.

It is currently working with unions and management to deliver training and support projects with a number of organisations who are greening their own workplace.

The TUC wants statutory rights for trade union environment reps – both in terms of training and facility time. Unions want the statutory right for workplace environmental representatives to take reasonable time off during working hours to:

  • promote environmentally sustainable workplace initiatives and practices
  • carry out environmental risk assessments and audits
  • consult on workplace environmental policies, practices and management systems
  • receive relevant training

The TUC wants the law changed to allow amendments to be made to the ACAS code of practice, Time off for trade union duties and activities. In TUC GreenWorkplaces projects, and many other workplaces, unions have, on an ad-hoc basis, been extending their rights to cover an ever widening environmental agenda at work to tackle climate change. We are looking for a change in the law to make the position of union green reps absolutely clear.

In 2009 Chelmsford TUC held a very successful public meeting on Climate Change. We were then asked to organise a further meeting with a view to establishing Chelmsford as a Transition Town. This meeting took place in June 2010 and a Transition group was formed. It was agreed to establish an email network and to build contacts. The group’s objectives were to focus on pollution, traffic congestion, buses and taxis. A few months later we were approached by the recently established Royal Society of Arts in Chelmsford who wished to be involved. Since then the RSA has taken the lead in developing our mutual objective of making Chelmsford a Transition Town.

One Million Climate Jobs

The CWU, PCS, TSSA, UCU and the Campaign Against Climate Change has published an excellent pamphlet "One Million Climate Jobs" which outlines solutions to solving our economic and environmental crisis. The pamphlet, which costs £2.50, can be obtained from the Campaign Against Climate Change at 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.

It sets out how, and why, the Government must create one million climate jobs in renewable energy, refitted buildings, public transport, industry and education if we are to solve the economic crisis and avoid environmental catastrophe.

Please buy a copy, discuss it in your workplace, trade union branch and Trades Council.