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Green union representatives supportive of video conferencing

A fifth of green union representatives from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) encourage the use of video conferencing in business.

The discovery was made following the publication of the ‘Green Unions at Work 2012’ report, which aimed to show the impact that green-thinking representatives are having in the workplaces of TUC members.

Presenting the findings at a members conference, cited by workplacelaw.net, the TUC found that 22 per cent of TUC businesses encourage the use of video conferencing as part of a green initiative. Just under a third (30 per cent) meanwhile provide secure cycle storage areas and accompanying shower facilities, while another 20 per cent offer loans to encourage travelling on public transport.

Further examples of the positive changes the TUC’s 1,200 green representatives have made include replacing old computer screens for more energy efficient ones (33 per cent) and encouraging staff to turn off all electrical devices/equipment when not in use (26 per cent).

Commenting on the survey, TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, said that unions are “perfectly placed” to make a real difference at work.

“Whether it’s simply getting colleagues to turn out the lights before going home or persuading the management of their organisations to switch to greener energy suppliers, unions are showing that they are driving the move towards more environmentally-friendly attitudes at work,” he said on tuc.org.uk.