Climate strike 20 September - adults to join youth strikers across the world

Young people in the UK who have been striking for the climate are calling on adults to join them on Friday 20 September as part of a massive global day of action.

National Facebook event

List of local events (many more still to be registered)

What can I do as a trade union member?

Take a motion to your union branch / local Trades Council to support the strikes (template motion). Invite a school striker to your meeting if you can.

Call a union meeting in your workplace to see if people are willing to take action. This might be just a 30 minute stoppage, but in some workplaces much more ambitious action may be possible.

Find out about what's happening in your area. You could get in touch with relevant local groups (trade unions, climate campaigners, activist groups concerned with other social justice issues, and of course, school strikers) and organise a planning meeting like the ones listed below.

Keep us up to date with what you're doing (meetings arranged, workplace action etc) by emailing, or let us know if you would like a speaker.

Check in for general updates: There are weekly online meetings, currently 6-7pm each Thursday (join by video link or dial in from a phone) to bring together people and organisations interested in making 20th September happen. In the calls we discuss the ways in which we're organising our communities and groups, how we can collaborate, event logistics, sourcing resources, supporting one another and so on. To join via your computer, phone or tablet, click on the link and download the Zoom app when prompted. Or call 020 3051 2874, enter the Meeting ID (571 969 920) when prompted.

Action: call on the TUC to support the climate strikes

In September UCU are bringing a motion to the TUC Congress for the TUC to call a 30 minute workplace stoppage on the day of the strikes (full text below) - the first time in over 30 years that the TUC has issued such a call on any issue. To get this motion passed UCU will need to demonstrate how widespread the support for it is - please sign up and share, whether you are a trade union member or not.



Email to request flyers with ideas of how people can take part, and stickers (above).

A3 poster - print off or request copies as above.

Planning meetings

11 July - Nottingham

15 July - Leeds

15 July - Medway

15 July - Islington

16 July - Scarborough

16 July - Bristol

18 July - York

18 July - Camden

18 July - Waltham Forest

23 July - Tower Hamlets

24 July - Sheffield

25 July - Oxford

25 July - Portsmouth

25 July - The Right to Strike: Free our Unions (London)

30 July - Newcastle

31 July - Nottingham

31 July - Southwark

31 July - Exeter

1 Aug - Bristol

2 Aug - Huddersfield (online meeting)

8 Aug - Glasgow

21 Aug - Cambridge & District Trades Council, 7-8pm, Hudson's Ale House, 77 High St, Trumpington CB2 9HZ

29 Aug - Swindon

5 Sept - Oxford

Motion for TUC Congress 2019

Congress notes:
  • the Earth's temperature has already risen by one degree above pre-industrial levels. The autumn IPCC report warned that we only have 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees. Carbon emissions need to be cut by 45% by 2030 and reach zero carbon by 2050 in order to avoid a dangerous tipping point
  • the tremendous impact of the school students strikes in shifting government complacency over climate change forcing them to amend the 2008 Climate Change Act
  • Greta Thunberg's call for a Climate Strike and for adults and workers to join the global school students strike on the 20th September which will begin a week of action on climate
  • the solidarity strikes organised by trade unions in Belgium and France. 
Congress believes: 
  • climate change is a trade union issue
  • that the future of our planet is at risk if we don't organise now to force governments to cut emissions in line with the IPCC report
  • that taxing the very wealthy and closing tax loopholes in line with Labour Party manifesto commitments will meet the cost of cutting emissions
  • that we must keep the pressure up. The school students have led the way but educators and the trade union movement as a whole must now act to ensure that they don't fight alone.
Congress resolves:
  • The TUC to call a 30-minute workday solidarity stoppage to coincide with the global school student strike on the 20th September.
Sign up here to support


Friday, September 20, 2019 - 08:00 to 20:00