UPDATE: Micah Weekes has been taken into custody after almost 3 hours occupying a coal train
Former coal miner, Micah Weekes, climbed on top of a train at 6am this morning, stopping all trains heading towards the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle. Weekes has worked in the coal industry for nearly 10 years demands the government take steps towards just transitions away from the coal industry. He is concerned with the drastic negative health affects that he see’s happening to himself, his colleagues, his community and his kids.
‘You don't have to work in the industry to get sick form this. My kids are gonna get sick. Its already happening. People in my community have reoccurring illnesses, respiratory issues, cancer, tumours.’
We will continue to do all we can to get in the way of exports. The planet and its inhabitants need this to stop now. The kids getting sick need this to stop. The workers who will be left without proper training need a plan. Come stand with us and people like Micah.