UK energy company instructs staff to join Thunberg-led strike


A UK clean energy company has instructed its 250 staff to join the school climate strike led by climate activist Greta Thunberg in Bristol, with no need to book time off.

Many of the staff of Good Energy had attended Global Climate Strike events, also based in Bristol during September 2019, but this marks the first time the company has explicitly issued a company-wide instruction allowing employees to participate in strike action.

Johanna Pettipher, accounts specialist at Good Energy, said: “Going on climate strike feels like a blessing. In my last job, I had to take a day off work to go to the climate strike in October. Protesting is the best way to tell the world that we are ready for the better.”

Fran Woodward, people and customer operations director said: “We wouldn’t normally do this, but I felt we needed to.

“Seeing Greta speak in our local city and marching alongside the youth strike movement she started is a once in a lifetime opportunity we want our people to have a chance to be a part of.”

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