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State Service Should be Given Leave for Climate Strike

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Saturday, 14 September 2019

Tags: Climate Change, Public Service, Protest

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

On Friday, thousands of young Tasmanians will strike for climate action, joining millions around the globe.

Union leaders, UTAS and other employers are showing their support by letting members and staff know they can join the kids fighting for their future on 20 September.

The Premier, Will Hodgman, should do the same and make it clear to public servants they are free to join the strike for climate.

This is leadership.

Global heating is already impacting on Tasmania, with extreme floods and last Summer’s bushfires threatening communities and leaving permanent scars on our wilderness.

Every Tasmanian has a stake in the need for real climate action. Young people more than anyone.

They need to know adults are standing with them for a safe climate.

They need to know the Premier of Tasmania hears their call and that he’ll endorse state servants joining the strike.

Of course, the Premier and his ministers should also stand with young Tasmanians peacefully demanding a safe climate this Friday.