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Unite South West joins Bristol Green Capital Partnership as newest supporting member

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Unite South West and Bristol Green Capital Partnership are delighted to announce this new partnership. The move, which will see Unite South West become a Supporting Member of the Partnership – the first trade union to do so – marks new territory for both organisations.

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Unite South West – the largest member-led union – have taken this step in response to an increase in concern among their members in the region about climate issues and the environment.

Unite South West joins Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol City Council, Bristol Water, Burges Salmon, Business West: The Initiative, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Jacobs, Resource Futures, Sustrans, Triodos Bank, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol in providing financial support for Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

Unite is the UK’s largest trade union, with over 1 million members in sectors across the economy.

Steve Preddy, Regional Secretary of Unite, said:

“Unite is a progressive trade union and it’s important we adjust to evolving circumstances, to reflect society and our membership’s changing needs. Nowadays, workers realise the key role sustainability and climate play, not just in their own job security, but for future generations. We see this new relationship as the start of something that can spread across the region. This partnership is an important milestone for Unite who support the transformational change that is needed, while ensuring our members concerns are heard and acted on. We aim to ensure our own house is in order, plus help our members to establish environmental reps with the same status as health and safety reps and take the ethos of the Partnership into their various workplaces.”

Lizzi Testani, Chief Operating Officer for Bristol Green Capital Partnership, says:

“Unite South West represents workers across all sectors and brings employees from some of the Bristol area’s most diverse employers into the Partnership’s membership for the first time. We welcome this partnership with Unite South West to engage new audiences and develop approaches to environmental issues that will ensure Bristol’s transition is just, and recognises the skills and expertise of the region’s workforce.”

Read more about Unite South West’s work here.Learn more about becoming a member of Bristol Green Capital Partnership here, and read more about how you could support our work here.

 

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