Support the Youth Climate Change action Friday 19 July 11am Victoria Square – and support the call for TUC action on the Global Day of Action on Friday 20 September

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.

UCU, the University and College Union, say “Greta Thunberg’s call for a climate strike and for adults, workers and trade unionists to join the global school students’ strike on 20 September 2019 is one that trade unionists from all unions must take seriously.”

UCU are bringing a motion to the TUC Congress (8-11 September) for the TUC to call a 30 minute workplace stoppage on the day of the strikes. Full text below and here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10181/30-minute-solidarity-climate-stoppage

This would be 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 and share, whether you are a trade union member or not.

Sign up here to support the call for a 30-minute workday stoppage in solidarity with the global school student strike on 20 September 2019: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/10202/Support-the-30-minute-solidarity-climate-stoppage

You can sign as an individual or on behalf of any TUC affiliate union, student union or community group.

More resources and ways to support the strikes here: https://www.cacctu.org.uk/climate_strike_20_september

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.

Claire James

Campaigns Coordinator

Campaign against Climate Change

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