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South African Federation of Trade Unions leader to join Scottish Socialist Voice forum

THE general secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions will join a Scottish meeting on Saturday on how the climate crisis can be resolved while meeting workers’ interests.

The Scottish Socialist Voice forum will welcome Zwelinzima Vavi, who represents 800,000 workers in his home country, to take part in the online event this weekend. 

The conference, taking place a month ahead of the UN Cop26 summit in Glasgow this November, will be addressed by key leaders and activists in the organised workers’ movement, a youth climate striker, and a former socialist MSP. 

Speakers at the event include Unison’s Stephen Smellie, Sam Mason of PCS, and former Scottish Socialist Party representative in Holyrood, Colin Fox.

Organisers said the forum will debate solutions to pollution such as free public transport, combating poverty and public ownership of all forms of energy to transition to green alternatives. 

The event will also see discussion of a “green new deal,” with a vast expansion of jobs for workers currently in the fossil fuel industry, and construction of eco-homes for rent, to combat global warming.

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