Join the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

UNISON is mobilising for the day of action, organised by the COP26 Coalition, on Saturday 6 November, when civil society and trade unions will assemble in cities and towns all over the UK.

Look out for UNISON and TUC regional information about the day. You can also find out where your nearest assembly point is at the COP26 Coalition website.

If you can’t join the Day of Action in person, then watch it live on YouTube from noon on the 6 November.

Join the COP26 Peoples Summit debates 

As world leaders meet to discuss our planet’s future, the COP26 Coalition will host The People’s Summit for Climate Justice, from 7-10 November. There will be daily debates, events and webinars – both in-person and online.

At the end of every day, there will also be a live stream commenting on what decisions were made at the COP26 conference.

You can sign up for virtual events here:

Be part of Green UNISON

  • Use hashtags #GreenUnison and #COP26 in Twitter and Facebook events, photographs and solidarity messages from your branch or as an individual;
  • Use UNISON’s Greening of Public services logo in your green work;
  • Join the Green UNISON network to keep up to date with UNISON Green news, events and resources to help with your branch green activities.

for all information see the UNISON Scotalnd Website

Green Survey

A ‘green’ survey organised by UNISON UK in conjunction with Leeds University is now online here: https://leedsubs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7Utl9m2Zr6gwyRE

The survey asks how climate change and moving towards a greener economy might affect workers and communities. Even if you are not sure about some of these topics researchers still want to hear from you to help make sure that all views are heard.

The survey has been designed by researchers at the University of Leeds and UNISON is participating to learn more about what members know about climate change and how they are being involved.  

It will take 15 minutes to fill in. Your details will be confidential and responses will be anonymous unless you want to be contacted again with further details of next steps in research. There is space at the end to leave contact details if you wish. 

Green UNISON Week, 18 – 26 September

#GreenWorkplace #JustTransition #DivestFromFossilFuels #COP26 #ClimateJustice

The week provides an opportunity to step up calls for urgent action on climate change, support youth climate strikers AND build towards a massive turnout of Scottish members at the Global Day of Action on Saturday 6 November during the United Nations COP 26 Climate Summit.

Thursday 16 September, 10am – 1pm.

Adaptation in the Workplace, free interactive workshop for all Scottish trade unionists.

Take this short survey on your experiences of how the Scottish climate affects your workplace.

Wednesday 22 September

ITUC Global Day of Action to climate and employment-proof work: take part in a global conversation about our future.

Thursday 23 September, 12.30pm

UNISON Green Week lunchtime webinar: register here to find out more about what members can do to green public services and organise to support the November 6th Cop26 Global day of Action for Climate Justice demonstrations and rallies in 10 cities across the UK.

Friday 24 September

Global youth climate strike: events planned across Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.

Anti-trade union laws mean that UNISON branches cannot take strike action, but individuals can show their support in other ways, such as attending events in their own time or offering help with stewarding.

September and October

Take One Action Film Festival nurtures communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change.  Through film screenings, conversation and enquiry, the festival brings people together to inspire a fairer, more sustainable and more fulfilling world, in Scotland and beyond.

Saturday 6 November

COP26 Global Day of Action, Glasgow: Worldwide demonstrations demanding that the UN Climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow deliver climate justice.  UNISON members are encouraged to join thousands of protesters for the rally and march in Glasgow calling on world leaders to act now on the climate emergency.

Sunday 7 to Wednesday 10 November

People’s Summit for Climate Justice aims to bring together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategise for system change.  Join in online from anywhere in the world, or in person in Glasgow.

UNISON is part of the COP26 Coalition.  To find out more about the COP Climate Summit in Glasgow and how branches and members can get involved, support climate justice and related activities, and take part, keep an eye on the Cop26 Coalition website for updates on details of Cop 26 Glasgow events from 31 October to 12 November.

Climate Adaptation in the Workplace

 Thu, 16 September 2021 | 10:00 – 13:00

We’ve all seen news reports in recent days and months on the immensely destructive impact of extreme weather events around the world. Climate change is hitting hard. It’s important, in addition to work on how we reduce emissions in a Just Transition, to look at how we adapt, including at work to protect workers.

The workshop is open to members of all Scottish trade unions. It will, of course, be of particular interest to health and safety and green/environment reps, but no prior knowledge or experience is required. It builds upon the preliminary webinar held on 13 July, which provided an overview of how climate change will impact Scottish workplaces. However, all are welcome and there is no need to have attended the earlier webinar to attend this workshop. A video of the previous session can be viewed here:

This is part of a joint project with the STUC and is being taken forward by UNISON Scotland working with Adaptation Scotland. Contributions in the workshop (and from the survey, below) will help inform content for the handbook, due to be published during the period of the UN COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November. The handbook and video presentation resources are aimed at helping trade union reps to champion well-designed workplace adaptation solutions that help tackle inequality and promote social justice.

Please take part in this short survey if you’ve not yet done so. You can also volunteer via the survey for a longer interview.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BSNHMLN

Just Transition conference -Thurs 2 Sept

Please find below details of this important Just Transition conference on Thurs 2 Sept, organised by the Just Transition Partnership. The excellent list of speakers includes Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Congress, Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary, Asad Rehman, of War on Want and the COP26 Coalition, Mary Church of Friends of the Earth Scotland and the COP26 Coalition. More info and registration via the Eventbrite link

Climate, Jobs, Justice: Making the Just Transition Happen, Online Event on Thursday, 2 September, 11.30-3.30pm

A conference about why we need a just transition and what has to be done about it. Organised by the Just Transition Partnership, confirmed speakers include:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Congress
  • Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International
  • Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress
  • Mary Church, Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Asad Rehman, War on Want and COP26 Coalition
  • Mika Minio-Palluelo, energy economist, Transition Economics
  • Laurie Macfarlane, economist, University College London
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
  • Various trade union speakers

You can register for free using the following link:

Climate, Jobs, Justice: Making the Just Transition Happen, Online Event on Thursday, 2 September, 11.30-3.30pm

A conference about why we need a just transition and what has to be done about it. Organised by the Just Transition Partnership, confirmed speakers include:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Congress
  • Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth International
  • Roz Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress
  • Mary Church, Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Asad Rehman, War on Want and COP26 Coalition
  • Mika Minio-Palluelo, energy economist, Transition Economics
  • Laurie Macfarlane, economist, University College London
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
  • Various trade union speakers

You can register for free using the following link:

Wildfires are burning on the island of Evia – BBC

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling huge blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and destroyed dozens of properties.

Fuelled by strong winds and Greece’s worst heatwave in decades, over 580 fires have broken out across the country since late July.

The biggest is on Evia, where 650 firefighters are still struggling to control the blaze.

“The fire was our destiny, no one could have put it out,” Vangelis Katsaros, who lost his entire farm to the blaze, told the BBC. Read more at the BBC