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Trade Union and Workers Blocs to Unite For COP26 Demos

In the lead up to the UK Government hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November, major demonstrations will be taking place in cities across the UK – with a call for trade unions and workers to join the action.

Published: 11 October 2021 | 11:51 AM Updated: 13 October 2021 | 5:20 PM
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On 6 November there will be major demonstrations in cities across the UK, as well as countless others across the world. Photo credit: Shutterstock

As you may know, the UK Government is hosting “COP26” – the UN global climate summit – in Glasgow this November. This summit is where world leaders will come together to decide our future.

The global climate emergency is here and now, already exacerbating natural disasters and human inequalities and will shape the coming years. We urgently need action that reduces carbon emissions while protecting and creating good, green jobs and a more equal society.

Yet despite the global trade union movement ensuring that previous COP summits have agreed to call for a “just transition” (i.e. one that protects workers and our communities) our Government is not doing nearly enough for workers.

That is why we are supporting the call from the COP26 Coalition for trade unions and workers to join the global day of action for climate justice on 6 November. On the day of action, there will be major demonstrations in cities across the UK, as well as countless others across the world.

The Trade Union Caucus within the COP26 Coalition is working with unions and trades councils across the country to ensure there are big, united and powerful “Trade Union & Workers Blocs” (i.e sections) on each demonstration.

Where the demonstrations are taking place

Meeting points for demonstrations for Saturday 6 November planned so far include:

  • London: 11:00 am at Finsbury Circus Gardens (EC2M 7DT)
  • Birmingham: 11:30 am at Eastside City Park (B4 7AP)
  • Bristol: 12:00 pm at the Statue of Queen Victoria on the College Green (BS1 5SP)
  • Cardiff: 12:00 pm on the green in front of City Hall, by Brodies Coffee (CF10 3NP)
  • Nottingham: 1:00 pm at The Homemade Cafe (NG5 2BU)
  • Sheffield: 12:00 pm on Division Street, with the exact location TBC (S1 4GF)
  • Manchester: 11:30 am in Piccadilly Gardens (M60 1AY)
  • Glasgow: 11:30 am in Kelvingrove Park by the skatepark (G3 7SE)
  • Norwich: 01:00 pm outside the City Hall (NR2 1NH)

*Members planning to attend in the Midlands are encouraged to get in touch to join the already planned groupings, by emailing midlands@theMU.org

For the most up to date information on demonstrations being held across the UK, see We Make Tomorrow’s website.

Other ways to take action

We are encouraging members to build and mobilise for the union bloc in the following ways:

This could be the biggest trade union climate mobilisation to date, putting our unions and workers at the heart of the fight for climate justice.

Find out more about the COP26 Coalition Trade Union Caucus on We Make Tomorrow’s website.

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