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The past we inherit, a green future we build

Online event.

Saturday 15 May at 11:00  https://fb.me/e/MhZgb3hx

This year’s online With Banners Held High 2021 will capture all we can of our regional real festival of trade unionism. We will have great speeches, music and poetry, and a fantastic fringe programme of workshops. Our theme this year was never more current or important. This is the year of COP26, to be hosted here in the UK. We are taking the classic trade union slogan and taking it into the 21st century to meet the crisis of our time, the climate crisis. We must demand that government – national, local and international – and businesses invest to meet the climate emergency.

The fantastic line up of great speakers on the main event on 15 May will tell us why as trade unionists we must demand action now. We invite the wider movement to join us this year.  

The Main Event Saturday 15 May 11:00am – 1:00pm 

We are really proud to host so many excellent speakers. Leaders in the trade union movement who will speak about the climate emergency from their trade union members experience. They know the imperative of why we must act now to build that green future and campaign for a Just Transition. This is the year of COP26, here in the UK:

The event will be hosted by our friend, broadcaster and writer Ian Clayton.

Our speakers know that there are challenges in making the changes to a fossil fuel free future. But they also know the youth strikers’ placards tell the truth “There are no jobs on a dead planet.”

Online we will be joined by:

  • Chris Kitchen, national secretary of the NUM
  • Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU
  • Jo Grady, general secretary of UCU
  • Asad Rehman, executive director of War On Want
  • Michelle Rodgers, national president of RMT
  • Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Unite
  • Sarah Woolley, general secretary of BFAWU
  • Jack Hemingway, deputy leader of Wakefield council, and deputy chair of Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission

We will finish with Joe Solo and poetry and music to raise the spirits, as we imagine holding our branch banners high next year, marching together and celebrating that together we are strong. 

This event will be streamed on Facebook live for you to watch at home. Check in on the With Banners Held High event Facebook page.

With banners held high