School Strike 4 Climate – 15 March 2019

The School Strike 4 Climate movement was inspired by the actions of Greta Thunberg, a Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building.

The Strike, on Friday 15 March, followed an earlier event in November 2018. The March Strike was supported by community groups, schools, universities and unions, including the IEU. Read our statement of support here.

With climate change as the single biggest global challenge, we will continue to support environmental measures and actions that reflect our union principles of collective action. 

Find out more about this movement which is going from strength to strength.

The IEU supports the School Strike 4 Climate

The IEU stands in solidarity with students striking for climate justice on 15 March.

The IEU commends students for their courage and determination in calling for real action to combat climate change. Today’s students face a future which will be affected by climate change, and they know that the extent and severity of the impact on them and their children depends on decisions made by governments and business leaders today.

We share their deep concerns about the health of the planet that future generations will inherit, and we share their anger at the inaction of policy makers around the world. In the face of clear scientific consensus and strong public concern, governments are failing to take the urgent actions required to minimise and mitigate climate change. 

Australia’s current federal government deserves particular censure for failing to take meaningful action to address the climate emergency.

Through their participation in this movement, students around the world have shown the courage to reject apathy and embrace hope and solidarity, and by doing so have reinvigorated the campaign for a sustainable future. We support their actions and their democratic right to protest, and we encourage school leaders to respect the decision of students who wish to participate in the global school strike on 15 March.

Finally, and most importantly, we call on politicians and business leaders both in Australia and around the world to heed the vitally important message delivered by these students, and to recognise the clear moral responsibility to leave a sustainable world for future generations.

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Member Focus: Meet Maxine Brahim

Maxine Brahim outside her office at Aranmore Catholic College

2019 Member Focus Series

We’re kicking off our 2019 series with Maxine Brahim, recognising 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and the wonderful work she does in her role as Coordinator of the Aboriginal Student Support Unit at Aranmore Catholic College.

Born in Port Hedland as one of 11 children and now working at Aranmore, Maxine has a special insight into indigenous kids and their needs in school, and beyond.

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Change the Rules – 2019 Launch Events

Events and Actions

Last year, union members took the Change the Rules campaign to new heights. The electorates of Swan, contested by Hannah Beazley, and Pearce, contested by Kim Travers, are both key seats in the upcoming Federal election that will help decide who forms the next Government. 

Swan Change the Rules Election 2019 Kick-Off – Monday 25 February

Come and bring friends, workmates and family along to hear from ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and Meredith Hammat, Secretary of UnionsWA, about our election plan to win. Food and drinks provided.

  • Monday 25 February at 5:30pm – 7pm
  • Victoria Park Hotel, 605 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
  • RSVP HERE [You will be taken to the Australian Unions website]

Pearce Change the Rules Election Kick Off – Tuesday 12 March

Come and bring friends, workmates and family to hear from ACTU President Michele O’Neil and UnionsWA Assistant Secretary Owen Whittle about our election plan to win. Food and drinks provided.

  • Tuesday 12 March at 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Ellenbrook District Open Space Community Pavilion, 27 Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook
  • RSVP HERE [You will be taken to the Australian Unions website]