Tag Archives: energy

Unions must lead on fair energy and just transition

#stuc2018 Congress backed UNISON’s call for a Scottish energy policy, including the creation of a government owned energy company and a Just Transition Plan. The wide ranging composite also called on the Scottish Government to ensure that their Just Transition Commission includes the trade unions. Moving the composite, UNISON’s Willie Docherty told delegates that it […]

Futures Summer 2017 edition 19

 This edition of Public Service Futures contains an update on control of councils following the elections, a look at what UNISON believes the new council leadership should be focusing on and an update on fracking in Scotland.

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 […]

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 […]

Trade unions call for a low carbon Scotland

NOTE TO PICTURE DESKS: Photocall 12.30pm Monday. Details below. Trade unions are today (Monday 18 April) calling for strong action on climate change, with policies to support workers affected in the switch to a low carbon economy. On ‘Climate Day’, ahead of a Holyrood election online debate, trade unions say there must be a ‘Just […]

Future Islands Bill consultation – Dec 2015

UNISON Scotland – Future Islands Bill consultation – response to Scottish Government conultation December 2015 full text of response FutureIslandsBill_UNISONresponsetoScotGovtconsultation_Dec15 Introduction UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing over 150,000 members in Scotland. We are the main trade union in the islands representing staff employed in local government, the NHS, police and other public services. We […]

British Gas jobs announcement ‘Harsh blow to loyal workforce’ says UNISON

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015 Energy union UNISON has described British Gas plans to shed thousands of jobs as a ‘harsh blow to a loyal workforce’. The union are responding  are responding after being informed by managing director of British Gas Mark Hodges, that Centrica/British Gas intends to axe around 6000 posts between now and […]

Inquiry into security of energy supply response

UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union in the electricity and gas industry. We also represent staff responsible for planning and implementing fuel poverty strategies. We therefore welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s inquiry into the security of energy supply. UNISON Scotland’s broad approach to the issue is set out […]

UNISON Scotland launches public services manifesto

UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, today launched its manifesto promoting public services for the General Election 2016. The UNISON Public Services Manifesto was launched at UNISON’s General Council at Glasgow Concert Hall, today, to over 250 unison members, by Scottish convener Lilian Macer. Lilian Macer, UNISON Scottish Convener, said: “This is a public services election. […]