Today I spoke at the Greener Jobs Alliance AGM where we discussed a wide range of issues like the future of politics in the context of the climate crisis, and the future of the union.
I was asked a variety of important questions by those in attendance, but one in particular stood out to me.
“What role can trade unionists play in helping to push the demands of the Green New Deal?”
I responded by stating that trade unions are essential to the Green New Deal, and without them, it has no chance of succeeding. This is because at the heart of trade unionism is the power to democratically organise at a local level. This is crucial to the success of the Green New Deal.
Democracy is fundamental to solving the climate crisis. Trade unions illustrate how democracy works in practice, and therefore provide a valuable insight into how can successfully organise for a Green New Deal. What trade union members can do is continue to organise, and keep the climate crisis at the front of their mind when fighting for workers’ rights.
When the government seeks to put down strikes, it is attempting to discipline the working class in preparation for the worst impacts of the climate crisis. This is why the climate crisis is a class issue.