Date 28 March 2007
Trade union swings support behind environment campaign
UNISON, Scotland's public service union, will today sign up to
back the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Campaign, and also issue an
environment manifesto, announcing that the union will campaign for
the protection of Scotland's environment as part of its Revitalise
our Public Service campaign during the run-up to the Scottish and
The manifesto highlights the important role public service workers
and UNISON members play in protecting and defending the environment.
Planners, ecologists, geologists, sustainable development officers,
engineers, scientists, park rangers, sewage and water workers, waste
management workers environmental health officers and many more.
UNISON Scottish Organiser Dave Watson says: ""We are highlighting
the value of public services in the run-up to the local government
and Scottish Parliament elections. This mini manifesto Revitalising
Our Environment shows the excellent work carried out by our members
across Scotland in protecting the environment in a range of public
"UNISON Scotland members are proud of the work they do. We believe
that a clean and healthy environment locally and globally is vital
for general health and wellbeing and for the future of the planet."
UNISON is also becoming the first trade union to sign up to the
Stop Climate Chaos - Scotland campaign. http://www.stopclimatechaosscotland.org
. It is the first time UNISON has highlighted climate change as
a major part of its political campaigning.
Dave Watson says: ""Climate change is a major concern for our
members. This is the first time we have made the environment a specific
focus in our election campaigning. It reflects the urgent need for
action on global warming.
"Our elected representatives must respond to the best scientific
advice to set creative, realistic and fair policies to cut carbon
emissions and curb global warming. "We are pleased to be the first
trade union to join Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Beyond the election
we will continue our campaigning for greener workplaces, for sustainable
policies, including a balanced energy policy, and for retaining
Scottish Water in public control."
Note for Editors: UNISON's Environment manifesto Revitalising
our Environment, will be on the UNISON Scotland website. www.unison-scotland.org.uk/revitalise
tomorrow along with other election material. Any requests for contacts
with the UNISON members featured in the manifesto should be arranged
via Chris Bartter
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07958 122 409 (m) Fiona Montgomery
(Information Development Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)