The climate emergency is a class issue. A dairy company decides to close a factory because of an historic drought. Sydney dock workers walk off the job because bushfires are driving dangerous levels of air pollution. Indian tea pickers get less work because their tea harvest has been impacted by a changing climate. All of the above are real life examples of the way in which climate is a class issue.
One of our partner organisations, Union Aid Abroad – APEHDA, have this really great, short and sharp summary as to why tackling the climate crisis is most definitely trade union business. Check it out here!
Given the climate emergency is union business, the key question is what can workers acting together in union do?
There are three things each union can do to make sure it’s taking the climate emergency seriously:
What this means for each Union or group of union workers depends on their circumstances. How we work and act together is what matters.