Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bristol – Greens in SolidariTea with the junior doctors

From Wednesday 6th April at 08:00 until Friday 8th April at 08:00
Bristol Royal Informaty
More details on Facebook here

Meme - GO 6th April BMAGreens will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on strike at Bristol Royal Infirmary from Wednesday, 6th April at 8am, until Friday 8th April at 8am, by bringing tea and coffee and supporting the doctors on the picket line. (More details on Facebook here.) This is during the second day of the BMA strike against unfair and unsafe new contracts.

Please come and support this so we can demonstrate the Green Party’s support for the junior doctors in their dispute! Do come along even if you can only stay for a short while before going off to work.

Solidari-Tea events will be held around the country, as part of the GPTU and Young Greens’ “Get Organised” campaign. More info here.

Kingston – Greens in SolidariTea with the junior doctors

Wednesday 6th April at 08:00
Kingston Hospital
RSVP on Facebook here

Meme - GO 6th April BMAGreens will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on strike at Kingston Hospital on Wednesday, 6th April, at 8am, by bringing tea and coffee and supporting the doctors on the picket line. This is during the second day of the BMA strike against unfair and unsafe new contracts.

Please come and support this so we can demonstrate the Green Party’s support for the junior doctors in their dispute! Do come along even if you can only stay for a short while before going off to work.

Solidari-Tea events will be held around the country, as part of the GPTU and Young Greens’ “Get Organised” campaign. More info here.

GPTU congratulates NUT on its call for a “carbon zero economy”

NUT conf
NUT annual conference in Brighton

The National Union of Teachers, the UK’s largest teachers’ union has called for a rapid transition to a “carbon zero economy,” climate change education in schools, and an end to fracking, amongst other measures in a motion passed at its 2016 Conference.

The motion, moved by the Hammersmith and Fulham NUT branch and seconded by the North Somerset branch, says climate change must be kept to 1.5 degrees celsius or below, “if there is to be a future for our children.”

As well as calling for Government action on climate change and on education, the motion also calls for the NUT to work with other climate change campaigns, call other Trade Unions to action, and work with the TUC and international Trade Union bodies.

The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) congratulated the NUT on its position. Clare Keogh, GPTU Co-Chair, said, “I am delighted to see the NUT show such strong leadership on the issue of climate change. We encourage other Trade Unions in the UK to heed the NUT’s call to action and join the campaigns against climate change and fracking.

We can’t transition to a green society and secure the climate for future generations without the labour movement playing a central role. Trade Unions can empower workers to take positive action in their workplaces and ensure their employers meet climate change standards.

Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary, said, “Children and young people will have the stewardship of the planet in years to come. It is therefore valuable for schools to be able to provide information and understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change. Without knowledge, young people will be less well equipped to deal with the consequences and help find the solutions.

Schools should be able to provide space for discussion of this important topic. However, too few schools feel able to teach about the biggest issue facing the planet. When young people are shown the practical actions they can take to tackle the destruction of the world’s resources, their sense of optimism about their future increases. That must be a massive plus for our society and one of the reasons why we need good teaching resources on this subject in all schools.