Trade unionists discuss climate change

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From The Socialist, October 16, 2019

PCS union members at the “Climate Strike” protest, London, 20.9.19. (Click to enlarge)

Helen Pattison, Socialist Party of London

Members of the Socialist Party attended a debate on climate change hosted by members of the National Education Union on October 12.

Before the start, we had some interesting discussions about the need for socialist change to end climate change.

Some also wanted to talk about the role of the curriculum in educating people about the environment. As more and more schools become private “academies”, the few voices available to parents and staff are even more limited. Students, staff and the local community should have real democratic control over education.

Later that day, there was a rally of around 100 trade unionists organized by Extinction Rebellion in Trafalgar Square. Speakers highlighted the need to strive for secure, well-paying green jobs and retraining so workers can keep their jobs.

Financial appeal

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the class character of society in many ways. This clearly shows to many that it is the working class that makes society run, not the CEOs of big companies.

The results of austerity have been shown graphically as utilities struggle to cope with the crisis.

  • The material of the Socialist Party is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report workers fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels etc.
  • We must be prepared for the stormy events to come and the need to arm the labor movements with a socialist program – a program that puts the health and needs of mankind before the profits of the few.

Inevitably, during the crisis, we were not able to sell the socialist and raise funds as we normally would.


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