Solidarity to striking workers

We have written, along with the Greener Jobs Alliance and the Climate Justice Coalition, to key public service unions striking for decent pay and conditions to express our solidarity. Many CACCTU supporters will have already expressed solidarity to local union branches in a similar way, if not, we encourage you to do.

For more about encouraging climate activists to support the strikes, see here

Below is our letter, in a general form which can be adapted for particular disputes.

COP27 fails on cutting emissions, offers help to pay for loss and damage that will result

The main headline from COP27: after twenty-seven years of climate negotiations, progress on actually cutting emissions is as painfully slow as ever. Meanwhile the chance of staying under 1.5C of warming is rapidly disappearing, and the impacts of climate breakdown are devastating communities around the world.

The Egyptian government saw hosting the summit as an opportunity to enhance prestige, but the international attention also shone a spotlight on its human rights abuses, with a crackdown on protesters ahead of COP27. The most powerful voice at the summit was arguably a man who who was not even in Sharm el-Sheikh, but in prison. Alaa Abd El Fattah, a British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist and writer, who has been in prison for most of the past nine years, escalated his ongoing hunger strike to stop drinking water as COP27 began.

Due to the restrictions imposed on protest in the streets of Egypt , for the first time ever, climate activists marched within the Blue Zone (governed by UN rules). Their slogan, "We have not yet been defeated" echoed the the title of Alaa Abd El Fattah's book of essays, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated. Solidarity climate protests around the world called for the freeing of Alaa and the many other political prisoners in Egypt, that there could be no climate justice without human rights.

Loss and Damage fund finally established

COP27 did produce one big win for countries on the frontline of climate breakdown. After decades of blocking by rich nations, a loss and damage fund was agreed for countries most affected by climate change to cover devastating impacts like flooding and drought. In the run up to COP27, negotiations had been needed to even get loss and damage onto the agenda. This fund is a significant win for powerful advocacy by climate-vulnerable countries and the global climate justice movement, and one which was fought over all the way.

But the new loss and damage fund is, for now, empty. The track record of rich nations on climate finance is not encouraging. Thirteen years ago in Copenhagen, rich nations pledged to provide US$100 billion a year to less wealthy nations by 2020, to help them adapt to climate change and develop sustainably. That promise was broken, not just falling short on the total amount, but also in the substance of what has been provided, which has overwhelmingly been given as loans only, rather than grant funding.

May Day events for trade unionists and climate activists


May Day weekend events


A family-friendly weekend festival May Day for the Planet Friday-Monday, with events themed around the climate crisis.

Saturday 30th April


March and festival for Peace and Climate Justice - assemble 12pm Plymouth Guildhall, followed by a climate festival with live music, stalls and speakers at the Leadworks, Rendle Street PL1. Details


March and Rally, with the theme 'Fighting for a Sustainable Future'. Assemble from 11am, City Hall Facebook event


Assemble Dalton Square, 11.30. March with music at 12pm, 1pm, rally Dalton Square.

Sunday 1st May


Assemble Clerkenwell Green from 12pm, march leaves 1pm. Rally in Trafalgar Square from 2.30pm. Climate bloc meeting outside Marx Memorial Library, Facebook event


Assemble at 11:15am in St Peter's Square, march at 11:30am to Sackville Gardens for 1pm for the festival of speeches, live music, food, drink and stalls. Bring banners, flags, family, workmates and friends. Or join the RMT Trans Pennine Express pickets at Piccadilly Fairfield Street from 9am onwards, marching at 11am to join the May Day crowd in St Peter's Square.


Rally for a Just Transition, 11am Kingsmead Square. Speakers, activities for children, music. Then from 1pm at The Bell, Walcot Street: Seize the Day performing live; Syrian veggie and vegan buffet.

Monday 2nd May


May Day march and rally from noon, meeting in Bexley Square to march to Sacred Trinity Church.


May Day People's Festival: debates, music and art, 12-5, United Reform Church, Lowestoft Road North NR32 1HB

Email if you'd like us to add your event

With Banners Held High 

With Banners Held High is an annual celebration of the trade union movement, first held on the 30th anniversary of the ending of the miners' strike.