The Green Party Trade Union Group is calling on Green Party activists to show their ‘Solidari-Tea’ with BMA junior doctors on strike on the 6th-8th April, by bringing tea and coffee to the picket line.
As part of the Get Organised campaign run jointly with the Young Greens, GPTU is encouraging Greens to bring tea and coffee for doctors on strike.
The Green Party has previously given its full backing to the doctor’s strike. At this year’s Spring Conference, the party confirmed its policy is to reverse the imposition of the contract if the Tory Government imposes it this year.
The Solidari-Tea idea was pioneered by Will Quick, GPTU’s campaigns officer, early in the BMA dispute. In his blog post republished here on the GPTU website, Will said:
“To defend against [the Government’s] attacks, and support our Junior Doctors (striking can be a hard and dispiriting course of action at the best of time, let alone with the attacks in the press) we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them on the picket lines as they fight to not only protect themselves, but also patient and our entire health service.
“The government has suffered a series of setbacks and is looking increasingly weak. Now is the time to escalate our resistance, to link up our struggles, and to fight back against their agenda of cuts and privatisation.”
The Get Organised campaign, led by Anna Jordan, is backed by the Green Party Trade Union Group and the Young Greens. It aims to encourage young people to become active in their Trade Unions, and to foster new links between the Green and labour movements.