Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jake Johnson on September 12, 2019.
To combat the common and false perception of the labor movement as an opponent of the fight for climate justice rather than an enthusiastic and necessary ally, a labor federation representing over 30 million workers from 152 countries is calling on unions around the world to join—or do everything they can to support—the millions of people set to take to the streets on September 20 for the youth-led global climate strikes.
“Public Services International (PSI)—the global union federation of workers in public services—is calling on our affiliates and unions across the world to do all in our power to support the week of action on climate, including by taking strike action where possible,” Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of PSI, wrote in an op-ed for Common Dreams on Thursday. “To build the political will needed to change the system, we must be bolder than ever.”
Pavanelli said the September 20 strikes, and the broader push for transformative climate action, represent a historic chance to revitalize the labor movement and build the kind of broad coalition capable of defeating the powerful corporate forces standing in the way of necessary change. …