GMPF out of line with industry best practice on Net Zero

19th April 2024

Our latest analysis of Problems with GMPF’s approach to investment concludes that the Fund has a limited understanding of climate risk and is out of step with industry best practice, such as the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance. We reviewed the Fund’s November 2023 document How we’re Investing for the Energy Transition as well as its latest…

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Join us as the GM Pension Fund meeting next Friday 8 March in Droylsden

3rd March 2024

A very big thank you to everyone who supported our action outside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting on 23 February. It was not the best weather and last minute venue changes derailed our plans a little, but the elephant persisted and so did we. The GMCA know we are not going away until they…

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West Yorkshire Pension Fund announces review of its fossil fuel investments

Great news! After years of campaigning by Fossil Free West Yorkshire, the West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) has just announced that it will: Not use WYPF assets to fund new fossil fuel developments. In particular WYPF will not be lending to the oil, gas and coal sector. Review its level of holdings in the oil…

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Call out the elephant in the room!

28th January 2024

Join us in Manchester – 23 February After a string of great actions in 2023, we’re keeping up the pressure on the GM Pension Fund, Mayor and Council Leaders to act on the climate crisis and take public money out of fossil fuels. The ten Greater Manchester Council Leaders and the Mayor will be meeting…

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We doused global heating flames in Droylsden

8th December 2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s HQ in Droylsden on 1st December for the Pension Fund’s Management and Advisory Panel meeting. Despite the freezing weather we had a great turnout, with representatives from several GM Unison branches. Two of Unison’s representatives on the Fund’s Advisory Panel joined us on…

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Join us in Droylsden on 1 December!

15th November 2023

On Friday 1st December, the GM pension fund management panel are meeting at GMPF office in Droylsden. We’ll be there to ask them why they still haven’t got a divestment plan.  8:30am – 10:00am Guardsman Tony Downes House, Droylsden. The office is almost opposite the Droylsden tram stop.Several of us will be travelling from Manchester, let us know…

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Strong Unison support at GM Leaders meeting

30th October 2023

Thanks to everyone who came to our lobby of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) meeting in Bury last Friday 27 October. We had a great show of support from GM Unison branches. We were there to draw attention to GMPF’s holdings in fossil fuels – the highest by value and percent of any UK…

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GMPF – biggest investor in fossil fuels

The latest analysis by UK Divest – The Pensions Pipeline – reveals that UK Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) have £16bn invested in fossil fuel companies. Yet again that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) has the highest holdings in fossil fuel companies by both value and percent. GMPF had £1.7bn invested in fossil fuel…

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Join us in Bury on Friday 27 October!

20th October 2023

Our next action (the last one for a few weeks!) is in Bury!On Friday 27th October, the leaders of the 10 Greater Manchester councils will be meeting at Bury Town Hall and we’ll be there to greet them. Join us to ask the leaders to demand that the GM pension fund takes its money out of…

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The Elephant in the room visited the UK’s biggest pensions conference

A big thank you to everyone who joined us and XR at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Annual Conference at the Manchester Conference Centre on 18 October. XR Manchester brought their amazing elephant to remind delegates about the elephant in the room that was being ignored at the conference. Many delegates stopped to talk and…

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