Monthly Archives: October 2016

GPTU October Newsletter

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It’s been a while since our last mailout, but it’s been a busy couple of months!


Next GPTU committee meeting – WEDNESDAY 26th October, 7pm

Our next GPTU Committee meeting will be held next WEDNESDAY 26th October at 7pm. We will be meeting in Central London and members can also participate online via Google Hangouts.

All of our committee meetings are open to GPTU members. We will be discussing our campaigning over the next few months in the run-up to Spring Conference – so if you’d like to get involved or if you have any ideas, please come along!

Check this page for meeting venue and Google Hangouts details very soon, or get in touch to find out more.


Green Party at TUC Congress 2016

The Green Party, and the Green Party Trade Union Group, made an impact at this year’s Trades Union Congress in Brighton, promoting the Green Party and its policies for workers’ rights and Trade Unions.

Green Party co-Leader Jonathan Bartley spoke at the Congress and spoke about both the importance of Trade Unions, and about his wish to work with them to secure a progressive alliance for electoral reform.

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Green Party unanimously opposes Trade Union Act and calls for new rights for unions to access workplaces

GPTU made an enormous splash at Green Party Autumn Conference, getting its two policies – which were ranked at the top of the agenda in 1st and 5th place – passed unaminously by Green Party members.

This means that the Green Party has overwhelmingly backed proposals to stand against the Conservatives’ Trade Union Act and to give Trade Unions new rights to access workplaces.

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We hope to see you on Wednesday, or at another event very soon!

In solidarity,

The GPTU Committee

GPTU backs RMT workers in Southern dispute

Greens standing with striking RMT guards at Brighton Station earlier this year

The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) are backing current RMT industrial action over driver-only trains. RMT have been taking strike action over a plan by Southern to move guards off of trains, risking passenger safety.

GPTU Co-chair Clare Keogh has said this. “The way Southern are risking passenger safety with this move, whilst offering cash bribes to their workers to get them off strike and bullying them on social media is nothing short of disgraceful. The fact there is disruption to passenger services is down to Southern conducting a money-saving exercise and risking the safety of their customers. This is yet more proof that privatisation has been a disaster for our railways.”

GPTU welcomes the fact that there were talks today between RMT and Southern Rail after Charles Horton said yesterday that he can guarantee a second member of staff on all Southern services. Sadly the talks broke down this morning after he backtracked on these assurances. The programme of industrial action will continue to go ahead.

Whilst the Tories appear to stand behind the company, the Green Party will stand fully behind workers fighting to protect safety in their workplaces as they have been doing for years. Having previously joined RMT workers on picket lines, Green Party members will continue to do all we can to show our solidarity in their dispute.

Indeed we welcome the fact that our co-leader Caroline Lucas has been invited to speak at a rally on the 1st November on this very issue. The protest assembles outside Parliament from 12:30pm and the rally is in Committee Room 10 from 2pm.