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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 October 2019
Trade unionists discuss climate change
PCS union members on the 'climate strike' demo, London, 20.9.19. (Click to enlarge)
Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party
Socialist Party members attended a climate change discussion event organised by members of the National Education Union on 12 October.
Before the start we had 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 schools become privately run 'academies', what little voice parents and staff had is further restricted. Students, staff and the local community should have genuine democratic control of education.
Later that day there was a rally of around 100 trade unionists hosted by Extinction Rebellion in Trafalgar Square. Speakers raised the need to fight for secure, well-paid green jobs, and retraining so workers can remain employed.
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In The Socialist 16 October 2019:
What we think
Corbyn must stand firm against establishment and Labour right
Mass united action against the war on Syrian Kurds
Minimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?
News and reviews
Tories out - general election now
The Cameron Tory legacy
Massive vote for strike action: postal workers - "we're out to win!"
PCS general secretary election: Marion Lloyd - standing for action on members' pay, jobs, pensions and more
Wales: Hundreds march to save the Orb works
RMT: Jared Wood - Fighting cuts, defending jobs, pay and conditions
Hackney SEND transport workers achieve victory
NEU support staff dismiss Tory 'extra funding' hype
Workplace news in brief
Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019: Courageous fighter for the working class and socialism
Book: The Making of a Liverpool Militant by Tony Mulhearn
China after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Be part of the future: join the Socialist Party
Mass union mobilisation needed to counter anti-choice group
Major new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism
Trade unionists discuss climate change
Pressure needed to force secret police disclosure
International socialist news and analysis
Uprising in Ecuador forces government climbdown
Catalonia: Mass protests against punitive political jailings
The Socialist 16 October 2019 |
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