Category Archives: Green Workplace

Climate Change Bill Consultation Response

    UNISON is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition and we support the submission from SCCS. We outline some of UNISON’s important priorities in the next section – such as the public sector leading by example and the Just Transition to a low carbon economy – but we start with the […]

Air Departure Tax 50% Cut: Consultation Response

UNISON Scotland has argued strongly against this tax reduction from when it was first proposed. As we said in our June 2016 response to the consultation on a Scottish replacement to Air Passenger Duty, we start “from the position that the Scottish Government should be defending public services and working for social justice by opposing […]

Air quality in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee is conducting an inquiry into air quality in Scotland. Poor air quality now represents the greatest threat to human health and could be contributing to around 15,000 early deaths in Scotland every year. Transport is a major cause of pollution, particularly in urban areas. In this submission we support a […]

Air Quality in Scotland

Poor air quality is Scotland’s silent killer. The UK and Scottish governments have been criticised for not taking effective action and a court recently agreed. There are a range of mostly transport measures that could be taken. However, we also need to recognise that these will impact on UNISON members getting to and  from work […]

UNISON response to energy strategy consultation

    UNISON Scotland broadly supports the ambition and the specific targets set out in the consultation paper. A whole system approach, with stable transition to a more local and decarbonised energy system is clearly the correct approach. We also recognise that important elements of energy policy are reserved and we agree that important decisions […]

UNISON response to fracking consultation

UNISON Scotland is opposed to fracking and we do not believe the case has been made to lift the current moratorium. We have three main grounds for reaching this view. Safety We should follow the precautionary principle in terms of safety when the evidence is inconclusive. This is rooted in Scotland’s industrial heritage as anyone […]

Councils can lead pensions industry to divest and re-invest in communities

Following the local government elections, now is a good time to suggest to your local council that they study this report from Re-Invest Scotland and take action. We want them to divest from fossil fuel and re-invest in socially and environmentally beneficial projects, including services like renewable energy and social housing. The campaign partners: Common Weal, UNISON Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland believe councils […]

Just Transition to a Low Carbon economy – steering group statement 16 December 2016

UNISON Scotland is one of the trade union partners which has signed a joint statement with environment campaigns FoE Scotland and WWF Scotland to develop policies that can create a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy. The Statement notes our shared concern that plans to tackle climate change have been too slow and not […]

Air Passenger Duty Consultation Response

UNISON Scotland starts from the position that the Scottish Government should be defending public services and working for social justice by opposing austerity and tackling inequalities. Climate change action is essential and should support these goals. Instead, cutting Air Passenger Duty would benefit the wealthiest, while increasing aviation emissions. A lose, lose proposal for Scottish public services […]

Tackle fuel poverty scandal and help fight climate change, says UNISON

Tackling Scotland’s “disgraceful” fuel poverty scandal must be a top priority and will help fight climate change, UNISON said today. New figures from the Existing Homes Alliance show that 62% of Scottish homes are “unhealthily cold”. The public services union works with the EHA, Energy Action Scotland, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and others in calling […]