Union environmental representatives: write to your MP

Below is the text of a model letter sent out by the Communication Workers’ Union to encourage members to contact their MP to support an Early Day Motion calling for recognition for trade union environment representatives.

Dear Member of Parliament,

We are writing to urge you to sign Early Day Motion 1438 which calls for recognition for trade union environment representatives.

The challenge of climate change and need to move to a low carbon economy is urgent, as recognised by all political parties and enshrined in the Climate Change Bill currently passing through parliament.

There is currently an implementation gap between stated policies and the delivery of environmental change.

Trade unions have the knowledge, capability and enthusiasm to implement the changes needed in workplaces across the country. Secretary of State for the Environment, Hilary Benn, endorsed to importance of the role of trade unions on Monday 16th June at the TUC’s ‘Just Transition’ conference.

However, many reps are finding it difficult to get the time to dedicate to tackling these important and complex issues. Giving environment reps recognition along the lines of health and safety or learning reps would expand and speed up the positive change that workplace reps can make for environmental improvement.

If you are serious about tackling climate change, please sign EDM 1438, put down by Martin Salter MP.

Yours faithfully,

Communication Workers Union

Full text of EDM available at:

http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=35699&SESSION=891

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