Trade Unionists and Climate strikes: responding to the Climate Emergency

Join our fringe meeting at TUC 2019, Tuesday 10th September, 5.45-7.15pm

Frances Fox - UKSCN school climate striker
Sean Vernell - UCU NEC
Stephen Smellie - Unison NEC
Dave Green - FBU
Muna Suleiman - FOE
Chaired by Suzanne Jeffery CACC Trade Union Group

The shocking scenes of the Amazon rain forest on fire could not have shown more dramatically the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to act now.

Many trade unionists have already organised to ensure that they will stand alongside students on the 20th September in response to the call by Greta Thunberg and the global youth climate strike movement to join them in a global climate strike. The 20th September and the week of action following it, here and around the world, will see the biggest mobilisation of working class people, organised through their unions, demanding the action we need to tackle the climate crisis.

The meeting will hear about the Trade Union actions already planned and will look at how in the last two weeks and following conference votes Trade Unionists can deliver maximum solidarity to stand alongside students to join the global climate strike on 20th September.

This can only be the beginning. In the context of the climate crisis and the need to move to zero-carbon, the meeting will examine the need for much greater ambition from the government, across society and the Trade Union movement. For the Trade Union movement that ambition could be focused on a Green New Deal offering a Just Transition to a safer planet and a more equal and fairer society.

Join the discussion to put Trade Unions at the forefront of a growing climate movement and in demanding the most progressive policies to tackle the climate crisis. We have a world to win but also one that we are in danger of losing. 

Venue: Meeting Room 1a/b Brighton Centre 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 17:45 to 19:15