Date: 5 July 2007
Trade union steps up campaign to 'Green the workplace'
UNISON, Scotland's public service union today stepped up its environmental
campaigning with a call to its thousands of members to 'green the
The union welcomed the fact that a workplace pilot scheme at Scottish
Power has impressed new Spanish owners Iberdrola so much they want
to take the ideas to Spain.
The union today launched a Green Workplace Briefing for branches
and activists as part of UK-wide campaigning by UNISON on tackling
climate change, and an updated environment manifesto detailing some
of the work UNISON members do at their work, and the aims of the
union Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said that many UNISON members
take action on global warming at home and want to help make a difference
at work too.
"UNISON recognises the need for urgent action at home, at work,
nationally and internationally." He said. "There is considerable
scope for public sector organisations and businesses across Scotland
to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Our members are
keen to work with employers and help protect the planet for future
Ideas for action at work include green travel plans, cutting energy
waste and the three Rs - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. UNISON is calling
for rights and facilities time for trade union environmental representatives
at local level to help boost the number of employers adopting low
Tony Grieve, Secretary of UNISON's Scottish Electricity branch,
praised the joint TUC/Scottish Power pilot at the company's Bellshill
offices involving UNISON and Prospect members.
He said: "Iberdrola are aware of the Scottish Power Greenworkplace
project and are now considering rolling it out in Spain. There has
been very positive feedback and they are getting lots of suggestions
The project includes ways to cut energy use, and training interested
staff as environmental 'champions' It also uses electricity monitors
to demonstrate how much energy appliances can use if left switched
Tony said: "Scottish Power recognises the importance of involving
staff. Green policies will succeed much better where we work together
than if employers try to enforce or impose something without consultation."
Notes to editors:
1. UNISON Scotland is the first trade union to sign up to Stop
Climate Chaos Scotland.
2. The Green Workplace Briefing is on the UNISON Scotland website
3. UNISON Scotland's Environment Manifesto is at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/greenworkplace/
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07958 122 409 (m) Tony Grieve (Branch
Sec - Scottish Electricity Br) 07768 501 600(m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)