The Eco Network consists of members interested in generating union activity around sustainability in their workplaces, climate change and wider issues of environmental justice.
The Eco network is for members interested in generating union activity around environmental issues in their workplaces and beyond.
We currently have around 1200 members of the network.
For some insights into the role of unions in environmental issues in their workplaces and beyond, a key event this year was the Just Transition Summit held in New Plymouth in May 2019.
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Purposes and goals of the network
Purposes of the Eco network include building union organisation to improve workplace sustainability, and contributing to global campaigning for environmental justice and action on climate change.
Goals envisaged for the network, subject to discussion and agreement, include:
1. Promoting the shift to more environmentally sustainable workplaces
2. Educating members and the public about the connections between environmental quality, economic health and social justice
3. Showing leadership on workplace sustainability
4. Building union organisation
This is up for discussion with members of the network.
This is a member-led network. We’re keen to hear your ideas, support activity, and tap into the vast expertise of the PSA membership on environmental issues.
Your Eco network organiser
The activities of the network are supported by PSA Organiser, Susannah Bailey.
Susannah is a PSA Organiser based in Auckland and currently organises at Inland Revenue, DOC, Stats NZ, and several scientific state sector organisations. She is a member of PSA Staff Eco Action (SEA) and is active on environmental issues in and out of work.
Susannah: "I’m excited to help grow the Eco Network, connect interested members, and progress shared goals".
You can contact Susannah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just Transition is an ongoing project of coordinated work to help transition New Zealand to a low emissions economy by 2050.
PSA is committed to helping achieve this goal, and ecoNet aims to spread information to workplaces throughout New Zealand via it's members.
NZ Council of Trade Unions is also committed to achieving the Just Transition goals.
"To initiate widespread and inclusive dialogue on how we achieve a Just Transition to a net zero emissions economy in a way that is fair and democratic. Key stakeholders groups include Māori and iwi, Government, working people and business and industry representatives. The Climate Commission currently being established will use this process to inform their work."
The work is administered by MBIE, with the project's initial launch in late 2018. A formative statement of intent can be downloaded here.
In 2019 a Summit was held in New Plymouth representing the unveiling of many new Government-backed and private innovations, meant to assist NZ in achieving it's Just Transition goals.
We have set up a facebook group for members to use as a space to collaborate and share ideas.
You can join the group here
In the following links you can see past ecoNet news and updates.