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The trade union movement will be supporting the school climate strike on 20 September. Get involved in your area - see the list of climate change protests below.
School Climate Strikes
School Climate Strikes (image by Socialist Action via Flickr)

On 10 September the TUC Congress voted to support the global school strike for the climate on 20 September 2019.

Hundreds of delegates representing 5.6 million union members voted to support a 30-minute workday campaign action. 

The UK Student Climate Network has organised rallies all over the UK, including the following in Wales:

  • Aberystwyth Global Community Strike: 11.30am at Aberystwyth railway station, Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth SY23 1LH
  • Cardiff General Strike4Climate: 11.00am at Cardiff City Hall, King Edward VII Av., Cardiff CF10 3ND
  • Conwy Climate Strike: 10.00am at Coed Pella Council Building, Conwy Rd, Colwyn Bay LL29 7AZ
  • Newtown Global Climate Strike: 9.00am at Dolerw Park – outside the Council Building, art gallery and gates into town, Newtown SY16 2NZ
  • Pembrokeshire Global Climate Strike: 11.00am at County Hall, Victoria Place, Haverfordwest SA61 1TP
  • Pontypridd Global Climate Strike: 10.30am at the Town Council Offices, Berw Road, Pontypridd  CF37 2AA
  • Swansea Global Climate Strike: 11.30 at the Big Screen, Castle Square, Swansea  SA1 3PP
  • Tywyn Youth Strike For Climate General Strike: 8.30am outside the Council Office, High Street, Tywyn  LL36 9AD
  • Wrexham Climate Protest 12.00 noon at Llwyn Isaf, Wrexham LL11 1AY

These strikes will take place shortly before the UN emergency climate summit on 23 September to build support for the ambitious agenda needed to tackle the climate crisis.

As trade unionists we will support the fight against climate change to help protect the planet for our children and grandchildren as well as stand up for workers whose jobs are at risk. We need to take action to make the transition to a greener economy a just one that puts working people at its heart.

How else can I support the school climate strikes? 

Not everyone will be able to go on strike. But you can still show our governments that workers everywhere want action now by campaigning in your workplaces.  

Whether you attend a school strike or organise another event in your workplace please take a photo on the day and share it with us

If thousands of us show solidarity, it will make a real difference. 

What is a 'just transition'? 

The trade union movement recognises that there is overwhelming scientific evidence of the need to decarbonise our economy. Energy-intensive industries, including the energy, transport, manufacturing and construction sectors, will be key to achieving this transition, but this is a project that will require change right across our economy, and trade union members have the expertise to deliver it. The voices of workers who are at the forefront of dealing with the challenge of climate change must be at the centre of achieving a successful transition to the economy we will need.

Read more in the TUC report called A just transition to a greener, fairer economy