Greener Jobs Alliance – Free Course For Trade Union Reps on ‘Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue’ Friday, 8th February, 2019 from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Exeter:
Air pollution in the UK is a public health emergency and has rightly in recent times become the centre of attention as the government’s own figures confirm that air pollution is responsible for 40,000 deaths in the UK each year and the World Health Organisation has called it a global health emergency. Workers are exposed to and create pollution to fulfil contractual obligations to employers. It is an occupational health issue that employers take little responsibility for. The ‘Greener Jobs Alliance’ and the ‘Hazards Campaign’ are offering this free half day course for trade union representatives to look in detail at the issue and explores what can be done about it.
The Greener Jobs Alliance
The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA), part of the ‘Hazards Campaign’ has been formed as a partnership body inclusive of trade unions, student organisations, campaigning groups and a policy think tank. It campaigns around the issue of jobs and the skills needed to transition to a low-carbon economy. The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union, Trades Union Congress, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.
Attending this course will help you to:
- Examine why air pollution is both a workplace issue and a public health one
- Find out about air pollution busting Citizen Science techniques
- Create action plans to deal with workplace exposures
- Create action plans to meaningfully engage in air pollution with local councils
- Share experience, knowledge and ideas
Successful previous courses have been run in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Southampton with excellent feedback from attendees.
UCU SW Regional Office,
26b Clifton Hill
Registration is required. Please confirm your attendance by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact Janet Newsham on Tel: 0161 6367558
Unions and the Environment
Unions have a strong voice protecting the environment in their workplaces and local communities, and there’s an ideal opportunity to check out some of the resources and support available. The CWU supports encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment and is working with the ‘Greener Jobs Alliance’ and ‘Hazards’.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer