Green Trade Unionists make an impact at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival 2016

Derek Hardman (left), Brian Heatley (centre) and Kieron Merrett (right)

The Green Party Trade Union Group made a huge impact at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – one of the most prominent Trade Union events of the year – thanks to a collaborative effort by Kieron Merrett (GPTU Secretary), Brian Heatley (West and South Dorset Greens), Derek Hardman, and a host of Green Party activists who came to the festival.

In conjunction with West and South Dorset Greens and other Green Party activists, we made our presence felt. Our stall in the main marquee displayed the Green Party’s recent work for Trade Unions, particularly on the Trade Union Bill, and gathered support for the Green Party’s proposal for a Progressive Alliance. Meanwhile, we put on a show during the main march, with a strong Green bloc displaying the GPTU and Dorset Greens banners.

GPTU is looking forward to attending TUC Congress later this year to continue this work of promoting the Green Party and its work to the Trade Union movement – and of course we’ll be back at Tolpuddle next year!

GPTU and Dorset Greens’ bloc on the main march in memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs
GPTU and Dorset Greens’ busy stall on the Sunday morning of the festival


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