UNISON members should join the marches for climate, justice and jobs throughout the UK at the end of November, general secretary Dave Prentis says in a new blog for Labour’s environment campaign SERA.
The marches will take place in Cardiff and Edinburgh on Saturday 28 November and in London and Belfast on Sunday 29 November.
They will be part of the build-up to the latest round of UN climate change talks, taking place in Paris in December.
Mr Prentis writes in the blog that the talks are “an historic opportunity for 196 countries to sign a new agreement and create a new global milestone in sustainable development and climate change.”
But for that to happen, trade union mobilisation will be key.
“Join the People’s march for Climate, Justice and Jobs in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast,” says Mr Prentis.
“We want to make sure that the UK government is clear about our trade union demands for a just transition:
- “creating new jobs and skilling a new generation through massive public investment in renewable energy, fuel poverty measures of insulation and green public transport;
- “moving energy and industries from a fossil fuel dependency to a low carbon energy sustainable economy, while protecting workers’ rights;
- “providing a fair international climate deal to ensure a safe planet for future generations.
“Paris is just the beginning.”
Marches and rallies
Saturday 28 November
Cardiff – organised by Stop Climate Chaos Cymru
Edinburgh – organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Sunday 29 November
London – organised by Climate Movement Group and Climate Coalition; Join UNISON in the trade union block
Belfast – The People’s Climate event