It is great to see ever growing interest in the climate emergency we face and how to tackle it as trade unionists. Of course, with the delayed UN climate talks, COP26, due in Glasgow in November, there is a welcome major focus on this area of work and it is excellent that we have a growing number of branches with green reps/environment officers. There is lots of Scottish, UK and international trade union activity around the talks, as well as work for the coming months and beyond COP26 at branch level on key green workplace issues. 


First, a reminder about a useful and practical webinar on Thursday lunchtime this week, on green bargaining and negotiating in the workplace, including experience from Scotland’s Green Network. Second, our next Green Network meeting, with a focus on practical workplace campaigning action.  Third, contact details if you want to get more involved.


Thursday 13th May – Webinar on green bargaining and negotiating in the workplace

12 noon – 1pm  Register here

This is the last in the series of three green webinars organised by UNISON at UK level. It is a chance for UNISON green reps/activists to share and hear of experiences and good practice on using green workplace tool kits, green facility time and green organising.


Chair – Allison Roche UNISON Green Policy Officer

UNISON Green network organising – Sarah Pearce from UNISON LG officer and Fiona Montgomery from UNISON Scotland 

Wales TUC Green workplace toolkit (speaker tbc)

UNISON Green Network Reps – Stephen Smellie Scotland UNISON NEC and Mary Clarke LG Stockport 


NB: There are recordings available of the previous two webinars – highly recommended. You can view them via these links, even if you did not sign up for the webinar (you have to give name and email address to access the recording.) Some presentations from these are available. These will be circulated in the next Green Network email.

Webinar Recording: ‘World Earth Day Webinar: Trade Unions and the Just Transition and Objectives at the November Glasgow UN COP26’

Webinar recording: ‘The Green Transformation of Public Services’ What are the key green sector initiatives and policy developments happening in UK public services to meet the climate emergency


Green Network meeting online via Teams on Tues 29 June 12noon-2pm

This meeting will hear from UNISON’s Jennifer McCarey, wearing her Glasgow Trades Council hat, and Stuart Graham, from UNISON Glasgow City branch, about the work being done on free public transport and retrofitting campaigns being run in Glasgow, with a practical focus on branch workplace action. There will be a discussion following the presentation as well as updates/reports and planning ahead, including for Green UNISON Week, likely in September. A link for the meeting will be circulated to the Network later in May.


The Green Network works with and supports branch environment officers / green reps. If you have a member newly elected to this position and/or are planning to soon, please pass put them in touch with the Green Network. We are keen to help expand the number of green reps across Scotland. Meetings are open to all interested members. We also have a Facebook page Email me at to be added to the mailing list.  Sign up via this link for separate Green Network information from UNISON at UK level