Have a look at our Autumn Conference newsletter to find out more about what GPTU will be up to.
Greens have unanimously backed proposals to stand against the Conservatives’ Trade Union Act and to give Trade Unions new rights to access workplaces, at their Autumn Conference in Birmingham.
The proposals, put forward by the Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU), aim to combat increasing exploitation of workers. They come after efforts by outgoing Leader Natalie Bennett and new co-Leader Jonathan Bartley to draw attention to abuses of workers at firms such as Deliveroo.
The first successful proposal pledges to join in direct action against the Trade Union Act as it comes into force, a move first called for by Green Party MP and co-Leader Caroline Lucas, whilst the second calls for a new statutory right of access for Trade Unions to enter unorganised workplaces and speak to workers.
Kieron Merrett, the Green Party’s Trade Union Liaison Officer, said:
“In the Green Party, we know that the best way to stop abuse and exploitation in the workplace is to enable workers to get organised in Trade Unions, so they can make their own claims and campaign for their own improvements in pay and conditions.
“But legislation in the UK is infamously restrictive, making it harder for Trade Unions to access the most vulnerable workers. That’s why the Green Party has pledged to join in direct action against the Trade Union Act as it comes into force, and to call for new rights for Trade Union representatives to access workplaces and organise the most vulnerable workers.
“The Green Party has confirmed that, to promote equality and protect workers, we need to support the Trade Union Movement and enable it to do what it does best.”
Clare Keogh, Co-Chair of the Green Party Trade Union Group, said:
“Many workers are now employed in new types of workplaces without any history of unionisation – particularly young workers and migrants. It’s no coincidence that these are the workplaces where the worst abuses are taking place.
“To put a stop to this, legislation and government action simply aren’t enough – workers must be organised in Trade Unions. It’s much more difficult to undo unionisation in the workplace than it is to repeal legislation in Parliament.
“I’m delighted that the Green Party has given unanimous support to our proposals. Not only do Greens fully support the Trade Union movement, but there are also many active Trade Unionists in our party. We are the party for working people!”
You will be able to attend the meeting via Google Hangouts if you’re not at Conference – get in touch with us to find out the details.
We will be discussing GPTU’s campaigning over the next few months; how Local Parties can get more involved; and any upcoming disputes or Trade Union events.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
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Dear GPTU member,
Autumn Conference is upon us! If you’re going to be in Birmingham this weekend, look out for GPTU and the various activities we’ve got planned.
GPTU motions to Autumn Conference
GPTU has two motions at Green Party Conference. These are on Opposing the Conservatives’ Trade Union Act (numbered C1 in the Final Agenda) and Statutory Access to Workplaces for Trade Unions (numbered C5).
Read more about GPTU’s motions C1 and C5 and why Greens should support them at Autumn Conference:
- A5 flyer on motions C1 and C5
- Briefing on motion C1 – Trade Union Act
- Briefing on motion C5 – Access to Workplaces
We need the support of all Green Trade Unionists to get these motions passed! Here’s what you can do to support:
- Come to the workshops and bring your comrades! These are on FRIDAY 2nd September, 14:45-16:00, in room WG05. This is your chance to debate the motions in more detail and show your support.
- Motion C1 (Trade Union Act) will be debated in plenary on SATURDAY, immediately after Deputy Leader’s speech at 10:30. Come along to voice your support or simply vote in favour of the motion!
- The plenary debate on C5 (Access to workplaces) may be on SATURDAY during the 10:30-12:30 session after Deputy Leader’s speech, or on SUNDAY during the 10:30-1200 session. Come along to support the motion!
Competition for GPTU members!
We’ll be running a competition for all GPTU members – including anyone who joins up during Conference. Exclusive prize to be won! To enter the competition, we’ll be asking GPTU members to show their support for the Trade Union Movement and have their picture shared on social media as a Green Trade Unionist. We want the world to see just how many committed Trade Unionists there are at Green Party Conference!
We’ll have brand new GPTU badges on sale – or you can get one free badge for participating in the competition.
Come along and speak to us at the GPTU stall if you’d like to get more information on anything we’re doing or just want to get more involved.
GPTU meeting for all members – FRIDAY 2nd Sep, 18:30, Seminar Room
GPTU’s meeting for all members will be held on Friday 2nd Sep at 18:30 in the Seminar Room. We will be debating GPTU’s campaigning over the next few months and how we can involve local parties across the country.
If you’d like to meet the GPTU committee, get involved, or simply hear about what’s going on, now is your chance! If your Trade Union has an upcoming dispute that you’d like GPTU to support, please come along and let us know. We’ll be bringing along wine and nibbles for those who come along.
You can join the meeting via Google Hangouts if you’re not attending Conference. Get in touch with us to find out the details.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Trade Unionists in the Green Party, organised as the Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU), have successfully put Trade Union issues at the top of the policy agenda for this year’s Green Party Autumn Conference.
GPTU’s first motion opposes the Tory Trade Union Act, passed into law earlier this year, and has been voted by members as the top priority in the “C” section for policy motions.
The second, calling for legislation to make it easier for Trade Unions to organise in new workplaces, has made it to fifth place (out of 25) on the agenda for policy motions.
Kieron Merrett, Green Party Trade Union Group Secretary, said, “As Trade Unionists in the Green Party, we’re delighted that Trade Union and workers’ issues have been voted as the very top priority for policy discussion at this year’s Autumn Conference.
“Well done to all those Green Party members who voted in the prioritisation ballot. It is clearly no coincidence that the Green Party has the most pro-worker and pro-Trade Union policies of any major party. We’ve shown that the Green Party is the party for Trade Unionists and working people.”
Green Party members were earlier asked to vote in a ballot to prioritise the motions for discussion at Autumn Conference, which ended on 20th July.
The results of the voting can now be seen in the Final Agenda for conference, recently published (Green Party members only).
The Green Party’s Autumn Conference is to be held between 2nd and 4th September in Birmingham.
For more information on Autumn Conference, see the information on the Green Party website.
If you’re a Green Party member and you haven’t already completed the prioritisation ballot, please do so and consider putting 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
You can read the full text of the motions and the list of supporters here (Green Party login required).
Unless Green Party members vote to prioritise these motions, they may not make it onto the agenda for discussion at Autumn Conference.