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.
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. Local school strike groups will be setting up their Facebook events in the next couple of weeks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or let us know if you would like a speaker.
Check in for general updates: There will be weekly online meeting, currently 6-7pm each Thursday (join by video link or dial in from a phone) which brings 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. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/474851808
Call on the TUC to act
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.
What's happening around the world?
The 20th September is a global school strike day of action, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. There will be a week of action on climate, with further strikes taking place on 27th September and decentralised actions during the week focusing on key targets such as fossil fuel finance.
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)
1 August - Bristol
Cambridge, date tbc
Motion for TUC Congress 2019
- 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.
- 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.
- The TUC to call a 30-minute workday solidarity stoppage to coincide with the global school student strike on the 20th September.