Greens climate change spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has this morning introduced a private members bill which will amend the Fair Work Act to protect workers who strike for climate action, declaring that any boss who sacks anyone for striking this Friday 20 September as part of the Global Climate Strike is ‘a bum’.
The Fair Work Amendment (Stop Work to Stop Warming) Bill 2019 will put beyond doubt that employees covered by the Fair Work Act have a right to take industrial action to demand that governments do more to address the climate crisis. The Bill will also allow employees to include matters pertaining to climate change within their enterprise agreements.
“Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up to work on Friday is a bum,” said Mr Bandt.
“Students have been striking to demand governments take action to stop the climate crisis and now they have asked workers and everyone else to join them this Friday September 20.
“Millions of people across the world will walk out of their classrooms, workplaces and homes as part of the Global Climate Strike, because pollution is rising under the Coalition and we’re headed towards climate collapse.
“As this government refuses to act with the urgency required to meet the climate emergency, Australians of all walks of life will take to the streets and demand we do more.
“The climate crisis is the greatest existential threat facing us. The constitution protects workers’ rights to political free speech, including, I’d argue, by attending events like the climate strike, but workers deserve to know that when they strike for urgent climate action they’ll be protected by this Parliament and by the Fair Work Act.”