Global environmental crisis and 20th September protests
Motion passed at Coventry City UNISON August branch committee
This branch notes
The existence of a global environmental crisis. Extremes in weather are increasing. The 10 hottest years on record in this country have taken place since 2003 and reflects the process of global warming.
The UK government has a target of net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 but is not expected to reach that target. The global crisis has been met by protests and strikes of school students and young people around the planet.
Popularised by Greta Thunberg, these demonstrations have shown the anger that exists for the future of the planet and the desire for action and change. A Global Strike has been called for 20th September.
The branch further notes
That climate change is a workplace issue. The recent heatwave exposed once again the lack of a maximum workplace temperature. All workers, whether office based or outdoors, have the right to work in decent and safe conditions whatever the weather. Workplaces should have safe temperatures for work, and protection available against extremes of weather.
The branch believes
That climate change is caused by a profit driven economic system – capitalism. Under this system profit will always come first, before the needs of the planet, and ordinary people around the world.
This branch resolves
- To support and take part in protests on 20th September and to contact other trade unions in the city, school student groups etc to co-ordinate and to organise lunch time protests where we have members.
- To encourage and facilitate discussion amongst our membership about how the climate crisis can be stopped as well as calling on Coventry City Council @coventrycc to declare a Climate Emergency.
- To support changes to the law regarding a maximum workplace temperature, and to build up our union organisation in the workplaces by encouraging more Health and Safety reps to ensure that all workers are carrying out their duties in safe conditions.
- To forward this to other bodies of our union and the wider labour movement as appropriate, as well as public communications.