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Global climate strike 20-27 September 2019

17 Sep 2019

Climate strikes: A Statement from the Young Transport workers' committee

Following on from the ITF Congress in October 2018 there has been a renewed call from young transport workers around the globe to force the climate emergency to the top of the agenda. 

Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful collective actions such as 'Fridays for Future' and 'School Strikes for the Climate.'

As we deal with devastating climate breakdown and hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young people are calling on millions of us across the planet to disrupt business as usual by joining the global climate strikes on 20 September, just ahead of a UN emergency climate summit, and again on 27 September.

As Youth committee members of the International Transport Workers' Federation, we stand with all those who will take action this month. Together, we stand with all stakeholders in sounding the alarm and showing our politicians and governments that global business as usual, is no longer an option.

Every government must raise their ambition and determine national development plans including just transition measures to protect workers, their families and their communities.

We now call on all young workers and allies across the whole of the trade union movement to mobilise and stand in solidarity to support a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all. Ensuring employers have a plan for climate-proofing their industries and workplaces.

The ITF considers the transition to a sustainable transport system as an opportunity to create a better society for all, including decent jobs and rights for young transport workers.

The ITF Youth committee adds to the millions of workers' voices represented around the world, you can read more here: Unions Around the World Responding to the Youth-Led “Climate Strike” Calls

The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we.

There are no jobs on a dead planet!


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