Dear GPTU member,
Welcome to GPTU’s FIRST ever email update! It’s taken us a while to get this set up – but now it’s here, we’ll be sending these updates periodically (normally once a month). Eventually, we hope that these will be specialised for members of each particular union.
We’ve got a busy couple of months coming up – have a look below!
GPTU members – please take our 2-minute survey!
GPTU’s got hundreds of members across the Green Party – so we really need to get to know you a bit better.
So we can work out where we should be campaigning and what we should be working on, we just need to know what part of the country you’re in and what union(s) you’re active in. Please take our 2-minute survey and let us know.
Support the UCU universities strike – THIS WEEK, 25th-26th May
University and HE staff will be on strike for two days not only against pay which has fallen by over 14% in real terms since 2009, but also against a huge 12.6% gender pay gap in Higher Education, and against increasing insecurity and casualisation of employment contracts for HE staff.
Please get in touch with your local Green Parties, Green students’ groups and UCU branches in your area to support the picket lines if you can! You can also share GPTU’s posts on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to fellow Greens.
#GreenerIN campaign on Worker’s Rights – 30th May – 5th June
GPTU will be working on a social media campaign to support this, and we’ll be asking GPTU members to participate. Please watch out for announcements next week. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates!
Sian Berry to support BECTU strike at Rio Cinema in Dalston, London, TOMORROW 25th May
Tomorrow (Wednesday 25th July) in the afternoon, our newly elected Green London Assembly member, Sian Berry, will be supporting striking BECTU members at the Rio Cinema, Dalston, London.
Please let us know if you’re in the area and can come and support – let’s get a strong Green presence to support both Sian and the BECTU workers!
JULY: Durham Miners’ Gala and Tolpuddle Festival
Coming up in July we have the Durham Miners’ Gala (Saturday 9th July) and the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival (15th-17th July) – major events in the Trade Union calendar. We’re pleased to say that the GPTU banner will be proudly marching at both events! At Tolpuddle we will also have a GPTU stall.
Please let us know if you’re coming to either event, and if you’d like to march with our banner or help with the stall.
Recent GPTU news, events and blog posts
GPTU members have been busy over the last couple of months – have a look at some of our recent activity:
- Greens stand with RMT Southern Conductors on strike over passenger safety
- #SolidariTea: Green Trade Unionists call on Greens to show support for junior doctors’ all-out strike
- Our event in Central London with speakers from Unite the Union and the TUC: Get Organised: Support our Junior Doctors!
- Green Trade Unionists march against austerity with the People’s Assembly
- Greens stand in #SolidariTea with the junior doctors
And have a look at some of our recent GPTU blog posts:
- Trade Unionists in London can make a difference today – Kieron Merrett
- Why Trade Unionists in Wales should vote Green – Sam Murray
- Full #SolidariTea to the #JuniorDoctors – Will Quick
Next GPTU committee meeting
Our next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, 21st June at 7:00pm. This is open to all GPTU members. Location TBC (watch our website for updates) – but the meeting will also be accessible by Skype.
Kieron Merrett, GPTU Secretary, and the GPTU committee