COP 26 Event Details

Unite the Union strongly advises members not to go to Glasgow during COP26 due to the uncertainty and restrictions concerning travel and movement within Glasgow and a number of issues including Covid cases.  We advise members to take part in local events be it virtually or in-person in accordance to the individual’s preference.  The aim is to maximise the opportunities available to members and to have their voices heard.

The possibility of providing an online global event for individuals who feel vulnerable or anxious about attending events in person is being explored.  We will keep you informed via this website.

Tuesday October 26th: 09:30 - 16:15: Scotland's Contribution to COP26: A Joined Up Just Transition (online conference)

A collaboration of over 20 organisations from across Scotland has teamed up with The Herald on 26 October 2021 for a special, one-day, online conference on Scotland’s transition to net zero – Scotland’s contribution to COP26: a joined-up Just Transition.

The event will not only examine the speed and scale at which Scotland must move to tackle climate change, but also ensure that no-one is left behind in the process.

As Scotland gets ready to welcome world leaders to Glasgow for the COP26 Summit, the conference spotlights Scotland’s efforts in tackling climate change to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. These efforts also have benefits and opportunities to create a wealthier, healthier, and more equal society.

This free, one-day conference will look at important just transition themes such as skills, circular economy, empowering young people, improving health outcomes and delivering sustainable economic growth to the Scottish economy.

Sign up here.

28th October 2021: Green Food and Drink: Sustainable Production and Procurement 09:30 - 11:00

Many sustainability-focused events are running in Edinburgh in the lead up to and during COP26. These events aim to showcase Edinburgh’s green innovation, support businesses on their transition to net-zero and highlight the city’s ambitious climate targets.

Click here to find a list of events the Edinburgh Chamber is hosting, which are open to all, and a list of events that are being hosted by businesses and stakeholders in the city.

November 2021: Unite Environment Sessions

Unite are also developing and delivering a wide range of courses for reps and members on the challenge of climate crisis and the trade Union response.

As part of our work in raising awareness around the environment we are offering a series of 45 minute online introductory sessions on the zoom platform. The sessions are designed to introduce the work we have done so far and what is planned and to listen to the ideas and concerns of our members.

Sunday 14th November 11:00am

Tuesday 16th November 12:00 noon

Wednesday 17th November 6:30pm

Thursday 18th November 1:00pm

Saturday 20th November 10:00am

For any enquires about the above sessions please contact Lynette

Unite Environmental Training


Tuesday 9th November 2021: 09:30-1700 GMT: COP 26 Hospitality Event

Organising for a Fair Hospitality City

An organising conference which will bring together hospitality workers from across the world to talk about how we link together the fight for climate justice and workers rights in the sector which has the lowest pay and most insecure conditions in the UK.

With workshops on organising around Fair Tips, Global Hotel Chains and the Green New Deal, this conference will showcase and develop the campaigns and organising tactics which have won big and brought thousands of new workers into unions.

Sign up here!

Unite Hospitality

STUC Supported COP Events

6 November: Global Day of Action Glasgow March and Rally: 11.30

More details of the march and rally can be found here.  on the COP Coalition website. There are also events happening across the UK and the world.

7 November: Expanding Democratic Control: Employment, Energy and Environment: 14:00

Join Roz Foyer, Sean Sweeney, Katie Gallogly-Swan, Ulrike Eifler and Stuart Fairweather at City of Glasgow College - Riverside Campus to discuss approaches for expanding democratic control.

Register here.

8 November: Just Transition Hub: 09:30

An exciting line-up of international, UK and Scottish speakers representing trade unions, climate activists and campaigning organisations. 

At the Just Transition Hub, you will hear from workers and activists in the UK and across the world about what we need for a Just Transition here and everywhere.

There will be speakers who are actively organising right now in their workplaces and examples of campaigns you could get involved in and the skills to make it happen too.

Find out more here.

8th November: Climate Justice Cabaret: 20:00

An evening of music, comedy and spoken word in support of climate justice. At the heart of Glasgow’s COP26 conference as the world’s leaders deliberate, this event offers a unique chance to enjoy some top-class entertainment from artists demanding a liveable planet. 

Find out more here.

9 November: ITF: In Conversation with Transport Workers: 11:45

Join transport workers from around the world for a discussion of what a worker-led transition to a green transport system looks like. From driving jeepneys to crewing deep sea vessels, transport workers are seeing the impacts of climate change and know what it takes to transform transport into a public good from the bottom up.

Find out more here.

10 November: Peace and Justice: Towards Net Zero: 20:00

How do we respond to the climate crisis?  What urgent action do we need to take?  How do we ensure workers and trade unions are at the heart of the campaign for climate justice?  Why we must address the twin challenges of environmental injustice and social injustice.  Why public ownership, especially for energy and transport, is critical to help address the climate emergency?

Join this panel with Roz Foyer (STUC) and more. Find out more here

Scottish Government Green Initiative

Find out more here.