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Thursday, 14 March 2019
Please invite trade union colleagues and supporters to rally in support of Youth Strike 4 Climate
12.00-14.00 Friday 15 March. Meet Parliament Square. For updates text 07981 753970
Causes event by Campaign against Climate Change on Friday, March 15 2019
UK wide youth strikes
Support the strikes in more than 40 cities!
UK Strike - #YouthStrike4Climate. We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed. We are already facing devastating and irreversible impacts around the world.
Trade unionists support our youth strike for climate on 15 March!
Trade unions worldwide are supporting school strikers defending their future. In Belgium The Centrale Générale (FGTB), which includes the largest power station in the country, are striking in support on 15 March - as are unions in Australia, including teachers and firefighters. Many NEU members are signing a letter supporting school strikes in the UK, which will be taking place in over 40 cities. Get your comrades out to support our youth - further details.https://ukscn.org/
And the Green Party says:
Tomorrow, pupils from schools up and down the country will be walking out of lessons.
They’ll be gathering in dozens of locations across the country with a simple message. We need emergency climate action now.
And the Green Party says:
As a teacher myself, I’m proud of each and every pupil taking civic action to demand climate action.
While our political leaders call our young people “truants”, there are thousands of teachers, parents and fellow citizens cheering on this movement of radical hope.
The children of this country are not truants. They are fighting for their future. They are heroes.
While young people are leading the way, it’s up to all of us to support them in any way we can.
If you’re a parent, please support your kids in taking action if they want to. If you’re a teacher like me, press for support and understanding from your headteacher. If you’re free tomorrow, head down to support your local strike.
Most importantly, if you are a young person thinking of taking action tomorrow - go for it. Thousands of us stand with you.
All over the country, more and more councils are declaring a climate emergency, and we need Westminster to do the same. Business as usual is over. It’s time for a radical transformation. It’s time for real climate action.
As a valued member of the Green Party, I'm sure you agree it's time for this action. Will you support the school strike?
Vix Lowthion, Green Party Education Spokesperson
Posted by DON'T dis US at 08:55
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Trade Union Clean Air Network Charter
Trade unions need a response to the public health emergency and also the occupational health emergency of air pollution. Over 40,000 people die each year in the UK where the outdoor air that they breathe is a major contributory factor. Thousands of people will also die because of occupational diseases caused by air pollution at work. Pollution arising from work and travel to work are health issues for which employers take little responsibility. There is hardly any recognition of this in national and local authority strategies. This is an issue for workers and their families at all stages from before birth to old age and particularly damaging the growth and development of babies and children. This charter provides a framework for unions to campaign for the health and environmental concerns of workers. We call on the Government to:
1. Introduce a New Clean Air Act that enshrines the right to breathe clean air. It must set stringent legal limits for ambient air quality, which reflect WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines. There should be recognition that air pollution is an occupational health issue. Employers must be required to make Environmental Impact Assessments on the pollution related to their work activities. They should have a duty to present strategies for minimising and eradicating pollutants within the workplace and in the wider community.
2. Update Health and Safety Law - The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations and related guidance should be amended to reflect new research on indoor and outdoor air pollution. This includes amending Workplace Exposure Limits to place duties on employers to monitor and adopt control measures for diesel and other toxic vehicle emissions not currently covered by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) EH40.
3. Ensure effective enforcement – Strict enforcement by relevant agencies of the occupational and environmental legislation with the power to hold public bodies and employers to account. Representatives of the trade union movement must have seats on the relevant agencies.
4. Involve the workforce – Air quality measures for indoor and outdoor occupational air pollution must be subject to the consultation requirements of the SRSC (Safety Reps and Safety Committees) Regulations. Measures should cover both employees and others, and especially the needs of vulnerable occupants of buildings, including in particular children and young people. Employers should be required to raise awareness and support workforce training on risks and control measures. Workers may need access to independent advice on exposure levels and health effects.
5. Protect jobs – Government and employer clean air strategies will have implications for jobs and employment. The application of Just Transition principles, including consultation and negotiation with appropriate and industry unions, must include full equality impact assessments, to ensure positive and fair outcomes for all workers.
6. Rapidly expand clean and inexpensive public transport systems alongside investment in active transport to increase levels of cycling and walking – Cleaning up air in the UK will require significant public expenditure. Government should drive the policies to ensure that those least able to afford it are not expected to pick up the bill, and to subsidise measures for less polluting forms of energy and transport. Including affordable public transport. This will encourage more integrated and more active forms of transport.
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Posted by DON'T dis US at 09:04
The Workers Who Wanted to Stop Making Weapons and Start Waging War on Climate Change
In the 1970s, workers at a defence manufacturer in Lancashire came up with a radical idea to start making things that would be better for society.
Posted by DON'T dis US at 03:34
Sunday, 10 March 2019
As cities march across the world to mark UN anti-racism day, join them to say #NoRacismNoFascism
Racism and fascism are on the rise.
The Trump Presidency has inspired a wave of racism and the growth of the far right around the world.
In Britain, a new far-right street movement is attempting to take advantage of the political crisis by scapegoating migrants, refugees and the Muslim community.
From Bolsanoro in Brazil and Le Pen in France, to the AfD in Germany and the FO in Austria, racists and fascists are moving off the political margins to centre stage.
A wave of Islamophobic hate crime is continuing to grow, with Muslim women at the sharp end. And there has been a major resurgence of antisemitism.
The Windrush scandal has shown the inhumanity of this government's ‘hostile environment’. Detention and deportations are destroying the lives of people that are part of the fabric of our society, and thousands of refugees remain stranded in Northern France.
The threat is huge, but together we can turn the tide. This UN anti-racism day we need the biggest, broadest international display of opposition to racism & fascism we have ever seen.
On Saturday 16th March, join us to show that the anti-racist, anti-fascist majority is on the march and we will not stop until the rise of racism & the far right has been defeated.
What is UN Anti-Racism Day?
The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was inaugurated in 1966 to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 anti-apartheid protestors killed and 178 wounded for taking to the streets against the regime’s racist pass laws.
In commemorating the massacre, the UN General Assembly called on all world states and organizations to participate in a program of action to combat racism and racial discrimination.
Posted by DON'T dis US at 13:47
Monday, 4 March 2019
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019
Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019. Introduction by Terry Conway of SR and Jeff Webber, author of books on indigenous struggles and the left in Latin America. Hugo Blanco: Introducion and Jeff Webber url: https://youtu.be/8RXYaSTXWqM Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru. url:https://youtu.be/bGNQiDejSnM Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019.Latin America.Questions and discussion url:https://youtu.be/gWLDXYY3nWY
Posted by DON'T dis US at 03:18