Green UNISON Day 20th September – We must act on the climate emergency

UNISON Inverclyde is encouraging members to support upcoming School Strikes on
the 20th September. The branch will be participating in a march on the day of the
strike from Kelvin Grove Park starting at 11am to George Square where a rally and
festivities will take place throughout the afternoon.

Anti-trade union laws mean that UNISON branches cannot take strike action but for
those who are not working at the time we would encourage them and their family and
friends to attend the demonstrations in Glasgow.

The branch is offering any member reimbursement for any public transport used to
get to and from the protest. Any member wishing to attend with the branch or
seeking reimbursement for attending should call 01475 715900 or email
joe.pearce@unison.co.uk.

UNISON Local Organiser Joe Pearce said “the climate crisis is the greatest single
threat humanity faces. The recent School Strikes led by Greta Thunberg along with
Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries highlighting the effects of climate change
and plastic pollution that the vast majority of our members are increasingly anxious
about what catastrophes lies ahead. Politicians aren’t acting quickly enough and this
is why we are taking action on the 20th .”

UNISON Inverclyde is also appealing to members to elect environmental reps for
their work place. Joe explained “Just like health and safety reps look for potential
hazards for accidents, environmental officers play are role finding waste and
emissions that their employer could improve on. They can also coordinate
campaigns in their community to encourage reduced car use, plastic waste etc”.
Anyone interested should also contact the branch office on 01475 715900.

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