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Daniel Randall RMT at the XRTU Hub, The Big One

Finlay Asher from Unite and Safe Landing at The Big One Trade Union hub

Clara Paillard from Unite Grassroot Climate Justice Caucus at the Big One Trade Union hub

Equity for a Green New Deal at The Big One Trade Union hub

Stop the Cumbria Coal Mine: XRTU at The Big One

NEU Climate Change Network Paul Atkin

XRTU HUB at The Big One: Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group

Rosemary: Platform at XRTU Hub, The Big One

Why the Climate Struggle is a Class Struggle

By Paul Atkin - Greener Jobs Alliance, April 23, 2023

This excerpt from GJA Newsletter editor Paul Atkin’s speech at the Trade Union Hub of the XR Big One protest on Saturday has been put around by XR Trade Unionists.

The relevant part of the full speech is here.

Why organise in the trade unions? Because the climate struggle is a class struggle.

Most analyses of carbon impacts totalise emissions or investment by country. This is vital because its states that have to take the actions we need.

Private companies won’t do it. Only 4% of the biggest UK companies match the “gold standard” for transition plans set by the government. And that’s this government.

It’s therefore important to be very clear about who’s doing what.

The economist Adam Tooze makes the point that the world needs to invest $4 trillion a year for a viable, sustainable green transition. In 2022 the total invested was just over $1 Trillion. So, a quarter of the way there. And of that, 49.7% was China on its own. 70% more than the USA and EU combined. That’s not the image we normally have, so it’s worth mulling over.

The UK would only match EU levels of investment if an incoming Labour Government stuck with its pledge to invest $28 billion a year – and that will be a battle with the likes of Ed Balls and Peter Mandelson who are arguing that this is “unaffordable”; and we need that fight whether we are in an affiliated union or not.

How To Combat The Cumbria Coalmine and Other Retrograde Energy Projects


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