GPTU June/July newsletter

Dear GPTU member,

I’m writing to you in the wake of the disastrous EU referendum result, with its potentially catastrophic consequences for Trade Unions and working people. Needless to say, GPTU, the Green Party and many of our Trade Unions will continue to campaign for workers’ rights and for solidarity with our fellow European workers.

In the meantime, we’ve got lots of activity coming up!


Can you help us prioritise Trade Union motions at this year’s Green Party Autumn Conference?

The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) has submitted two Trade Union motions for Autumn Conference 2016. We now need Green Party members to vote to prioritise these motions, to ensure they make it onto the final agenda.

If you’re a Green Party member, please complete the prioritisation ballot and put GPTU’s two motions at the top of your priorities in the “C” section. This just takes a few minutes!

The two GPTU motions are listed in the “C” section as:

  •     Cβ 9. Opposition to the Conservatives’ Trade Union Act
  •     Cβ 10. Statutory right of access to workplaces for Trade Unions

The link to the prioritisation ballot is here – click here to complete the ballot in just a few minutes.

You can read the full text of the motions and the list of supporters here (Green Party login required)


GPTU at Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016, 15th-17th July

GPTU will have a strong presence at the 2016 Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival (15th-17th July) in Dorset.

If you’re going to be at the festival, including if you’re just there on the Sunday, please let Kieron know, particularly if you can help us run the stall or if you would like to march with us on the Sunday march! Thanks very much to those who have already been in touch.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset, one of the most important events on the Trade Union movement’s calendar, is a celebration of Trade Unionism, and remembers the six Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose sacrifice is regarded as the birth of organised labour in Britain.

Anyone can attend the exhibition, march and concert on Sunday 17th July for free – see here for details of FREE transport from across the UK to Tolpuddle and back.

If you’d like to attend for the entire weekend for the Trade Union talks, concerts, film screenings and more, you can camp at the festival. See here for details and prices – and please note that if you’re a GMB member, you can camp at the festival for free.


GPTU members’ survey – have you filled it in yet?

If you’re an existing member of GPTU, please take our survey by clicking here if you haven’t already. This takes literally three or four minutes to complete!

If you’re a new member who’s joined in the last few months, you won’t need to fill this in.


Committee meeting moved to Thursday 7th July, 7pm

Please note that our Committee meeting, which was postponed from a few weeks ago, has been moved  to Thursday, 7th July at 7pm. We will have a London venue (TBC – please watch this space for announcement) and will also be available by Skype.

If you’d like to join by Skype, please get in touch with Kieron by 6pm on Thursday.

All GPTU committee meetings are open to all GPTU members.

Recent news

Here’s some of our recent activity in GPTU:


I hope to see you at Tolpuddle, Autumn Conference, or another GPTU event soon!

In solidarity,

Kieron Merrett
Secretary, Green Party Trade Union Group

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