The environment

Protecting our environment from profit-driven destruction

Leaflet for G20 Protests

RMT reps and activists will be giving this leaflet on protests organised this week to coincide with the G20 summit. Click '1 attachment' / file name to download it. Read the text below.

RMT supports G20 protests
• Tube staff are on your side.
• A fight for public transport is a fight against climate change
• Support our upcoming strike.

We are on your side!

Campaign Against Climate Change – Trade Union Conference

Campaign Against Climate Change – Trade Union Conference 7th March 2009,

Climate Change is an issue that should concern us all. On 7th March 2009, the Campaign Against Climate Change, to which RMT is affiliated is organising a national conference for trades unionists. Venue: Kings College, London

At what should be an interesting conference seminars, debates and workshops are planned on a series of issues including sustainable transport and whether coal and nuclear power have a role to play in a low carbon and sustainable future.

Registration at the conference is £10.

Climate change and labour

Could the trade union movement benefit from measures to tackle climate change?

By Asbjørn Wahl, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees

Most problems in society are mainly social and political, even if at first glance they seem purely technical or scientific. This is a hard-earned lesson for the labour and trade union movement. For example, workplace technology can be developed to serve different interests: the shareholders, the customers, the workers… In the end it is the actual balance of power which decides the solution and who it will benefit.

John McDonnell makes stand for democracy, says RMT

RMT press release, issued today

HAYES AND Harlington MP John McDonnell made a stand for democracy with his demonstration in the House of Commons today, Britain’s specialist transport union said.

Condemning the MP’s suspension from the house after he seized the Mace in the Commons chamber, RMT said that Mr McDonnell had been right to label as a disgrace the denial of a vote by MPs on the controversial decision to build a third Heathrow runway.

Third runway a grave mistake for the environment, says RMT

RMT press release, issued today

Union will continue to campaign for sustainable high-speed rail

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST rail union will continue to campaign for high-speed rail as the sensible and sustainable alternative to the massive and unnecessary Heathrow airport expansion announced today.

Giving the runway the nod has undermined the crucial challenge to reduce carbon emissions and has set back the achievement of a modern transport network that would serve the environment and the economy into the future, says RMT

High-speed rail is the solution to Heathrow problem, say unions

RMT press release, issued today

INVESTMENT IN a high-speed rail network with a hub serving Heathrow would make a third runway at the airport unnecessary and provide an environmentally friendlier alternative to tens of thousands of short-haul flights, a group of unions say today.

High-speed rail would create tens of thousands of jobs – including at Heathrow – and would provide a cleaner option than airport expansion, say RMT, ASLEF and PCS.