School strikers stand in solidarity with unions

A Sydney protest against the Coalition's attacks on workers' rights. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) is calling on all workers and unions to join the Climate Strike on September 20. To make this a reality they have been working on building links with trade unions and have expressed their condemnation of the Scott Morrison Coalition government’s latest attacks on the rights of trade unions.

In an August 9 statement, SS4C said: “There is nothing ‘fair’ about the Morrison government’s Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill. School strikers wholeheartedly condemn this bill and everything it stands for.”

The Ensuring Integrity Bill seeks to grant the government powers to intervene in union affairs, sack union officials and deregister unions.

The statement continues: “The climate crisis is and will continue to disproportionately impact upon working class people.

“Workers deserve more rights, not fewer. Yet this Bill would undermine unions’ ability to defend workers’ rights, making the economic and energy transformations ahead of us even more challenging than they already are.

“School strikers stand in solidarity with the union movement in its work to build a more equitable society and fight the unjust systems that are hurting people and our planet.

“The only way we stand up to the 1% holding us all back is by working together and showing up for one another when it matters most.”

[For more information on the September 20 Climate Strike visit schoolstrike4climate.com.]

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