The peak body for trade unions in Canberra has endorsed the Student Climate Strike, youth-organised protests at government inaction on the climate crisis.
Young people and students will be protesting globally and in Canberra on 20 September. UnionsACT supports and endorses the protests, and encourages union members and working people to support this important political protest.
UnionsACT welcomes the energy and engagement shown by Canberra’s young people in their fight for climate justice and a Just Transition. We join them in their calls on the Federal Government to make the necessary structural changes for a Just Transition towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy.
Note: the Student Climate Strikes are not industrial action, and workers intending to join the protest should do so during their normal lunch break, or seek permission from their employer.
The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, Secretary of UnionsACT:
“There are no jobs on a dead planet, and unionists understand the need to rapidly move to a low carbon economy through the framework of a Just Transition.
“Young people are taking responsibility where the Federal Government and Scott Morrison have failed.
“Unions in Canberra support and recognise the bravery of the young people who are confronting the climate crisis.
“History shows that we can only achieve the urgent and needed shift towards justice by using our collective strength, including protests, rallies and strikes.
“UnionsACT encourages unionists and all working people in Canberra to support this protest, including by attending the rally on Friday.”