"Public Services International (PSI)—the global union federation of workers in public services—is calling on our affiliates and unions across the world to do all in our power to support the week of action on climate, including by taking strike action where possible," Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of PSI, wrote in an op-ed for Common Dreams on Thursday.
"There's this idea that unions and workers cannot be supportive of a climate justice movement, and that's just false," Yakupitiyage told Common Dreams.
Union support for the youth-led climate mobilization and the Green New Deal reflects the deeply intertwined relationship between the struggles for economic and climate justice, Lauren Burke of the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) told Common Dreams.
LNS research director Jeremy Brecher and Worker Institute fellow J Mijin Cha stressed that point in an op-ed for The Guardian this week, arguing that "we can fight climate change and create millions of good, green, union jobs in the process."
In response to a message of support from Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation—which represents 207 million workers worldwide—Thunberg tweeted, "We no longer stand alone."