August newsletter

Below is the newsletter received by GPTU members this week!

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Dear GPTU member,


Leadership and executive candidates answer GPTU questions

Voting in the Leadership and Executive elections in the Green Party is now under way!

With a host of candidates standing for Leader and Deputy Leader, GPTU put four questions to each of the candidates and has published their answers. We also put the same questions to the two candidates standing for the position of Trade Union Liaison Officer, given this role’s importance to GPTU and to Trade Unionists in the party.

If you haven’t voted already, read the candidates’ answers and then make your mark!


GPTU motions and meeting at Autumn Conference

The final agenda for Green Party Autumn Conference is now available. GPTU has done extremely well, with our two policy motions coming first and fifth in the policy motions (“C”) section.

Well done to everyone who voted in the prioritisation ballot – we can proudly say that we’ve put Trade Unions and workers’ rights right at the top of the agenda for policy debate at this year’s Autumn Conference!

GPTU will also be holding its full membership meeting at Autumn Conference on Friday, 2nd September at 18:30. Agenda and meeting room will be circulated soon – keep an eye out for our next mailout, or watch for announcements on the website!


GPTU at Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016

GPTU made a huge impact at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival earlier this month – 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!


August committee meeting

GPTU committee will be meeting on 18th August at 7:00pm. Committee meetings are open to all GPTU members and are accessible by Skype for any members who cannot attend in person. Please stay tuned to the website for further updates on location and agenda.



I hope to see you at Autumn Conference!


In solidarity,

Kieron Merrett

Secretary, Green Party Trade Union Group
and the GPTU Committee

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