Friday, 30 May 2014

Greening the workplace – building the “union effect”

Greening the workplace – building the “union effect”
Congress House, London, Friday 11 July 2014 10.00-13.00

The TUC has invited Labour’s shadow energy Minister Tom Greatrex MP to open this national conference, which focuses on the rights and responsibilities of trade union reps in building sustainable workplaces. We will launch new findings from the Labour Research Department’s study of the “union effect” on greening the workplace. Aimed at shop stewards and activists interested in creating sustainable workplaces, the conference will also brief delegates on best practice projects across the UK, and introduce UCU’s newEnvironment Reps Handbook Staff Organising for Sustainability SOS. The event also includes best practice in building green networks in trade unions and in the regions.

10.00 Welcome & introductions: Sue Ferns, Director of Research & Communications, Prospect, and TUC General Council lead on sustainability
10.10 – 10.20 Paul Nowak, Assistant General Secretary, TUC: the union effect and rights for environmental reps
10.20-10.40 Tom Greatrex, DECC shadow energy Minister
10.40- 11.00 Q&A
11.00-11.15 Tea break

11.15 – 12.00 and 12.00 -12.45 Workshops

Workshop 1: The “union effect” on greening the workplace
Chair: Sue Ferns
Lionel Fulton: Key findings from new Labour Research Department study of the “union effect.”
Commentaries from employer and trade union reps

Workshop 2: Building a green reps network in your union and your region
Chair: Sue Ferns
Introduction and overview: Sarah Pearce, editor, TUC greenworkplaces newsletter
Green union network panel
Graham Petersen, UCU Environment Coordinator, on the new UCU Environment Reps Handbook
Staff Organising for Sustainability SOS.
Beverley Hall, Prospect
Speakers tbc: Keith Hatch, South West TUC; Lynn Collins, North West TUC; PCS; GMB.

12.45-13.00 closing plenary: chair Sue Ferns
Buffet lunch

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