Strike action in higher education

Environment policy decisions from UCU's annual congress

3 June 2019

Several environment resolutions were carried at UCU's annual congress held at the end of May 2019.

These included a resolution to publicise the current climate strikes to members and urge them to set up solidarity actions for future strikes, as well as committing to researching and developing a plan to achieve 'scope 3' carbon neutrality by 2030 in all the institutions where members work. This was reflected in a resolution to support and promote calls for a general strike for action on climate change.

Congress also agreed to lobby government to carry out their obligations under the Paris Agreement and press for every further and higher education institution to be zero carbon by 2030.

Food waste was the subject of a further resolution which asked the union to develop guidance for branches on working with student unions and environmental reps to urge institutions to reduce food waste on campus and encourage them to donate excess food to local food banks.

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