SIPTU Global Solidarity Campaign Secretary, Yvonne O’Callaghan, said: “Our union is built on the belief that through collective action real and progressive change can be achieved. Our activists are honoured to have been asked to assist a number of grassroots organisations of young people who are focused on ensuring that there is effective action taken to deal with the existential crisis that is climate change.

“In relation to the strike on Friday, the students have agreed that SIPTU activists will assist with the logistics and stewarding of what are likely to be large demonstrations in Cork and Dublin. Our activists will also be lending support in other locations around the country.”

She added: “Students are exploring possibilities for working together with trade unions on common demandssuch as the call for a ‘just transition’ that will ensure that the move to sustainable energy sources is managed in a manner which adequately considers the interests of workersand the communities in which they live.”