Tag Archives: Green Workplace

Climate Change Bill

The Scottish Government has published the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. This E-Brief looks at the reason why the Bill’s target of 90% emissions reduction by 2050 is “hugely disappointing.” With Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we want the target to be net zero by 2050 at the latest. UNISON, with the Just Transition […]

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 […]

Save our planet and our pensions: Divest from fossil fuels

UNISON will campaign for the divestment of fossil fuel extraction for all pension funds where we have members, for the sake of our planet and our pensions. We all need a reasonable pension so we can live with dignity in our retirement, and we need to reduce carbon emission to lessen global warming. Moreover, continuing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Public services and a sustainable Scotland Minifesto 2016

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face in Scotland and globally. We have world leading climate change legislation, legislation that UNISON Scotland members were important in helping achieve, including through our work with the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition. The targets for carbon reduction adopted in that Act have never been met. […]