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Green Party Trade Union Group launch campaign for Young Workers Month

739844_1053342461355880_1861173796112610886_oImagine waking up one morning and getting a text from your employer saying that you didn’t have work that day. Well for over 300,000 young workers this is sadly too often the case.

According to the latest statistics from the ONS, workers between the ages of 16-24 make up 36% of zero-hour contracts. That means many young workers are not guaranteed the basic rights at work that a lot of people take for granted such as paid holiday, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave.

With youth unemployment at 624,000 more needs to be done to get young people into work. However with a significant level of young workers in zero hour contracts and an average wage for young workers being £6,700 less then the average salary of all workers (£27,600), this is where trade unions need to come in. Workers that are members of Trade Unions get 14.1% more on average than non-unionised workers. Indeed a young worker we spoke to said this about how their union helped them in the workplace.

Paul Valentine, Equity Branch Secretary and Young Greens executive member, said: “Unions are vital in the workplace. My union, Equity, actively campaigns for equality and diversity, and has had great success in getting Young Workers like myself onto contracts, when previously we would have been unpaid. Our ‘Professionally Made, Professionally Made’ campaign has been vital in securing us wages in an ever squeezed arts sector. ”

As part of young workers month, the Green Party Trade Union Group are doing our bit to encourage young people to join trade unions. Only 585,000 young workers out of 3.9 million are members of a trade union, so this is a very important campaign. With the Tory government renewing their attack on workers with the pernicious Trade Union bill now being enforced, the importance of collectively standing up for our rights at work has never been more important.

So as part of our campaign we are asking people to send a photo of themselves with a sheet of paper having written down why they believe unions are important for young workers with the hashtag #YWM16 as we will be sharing this on social media. If you’d like to take part, send us your picture to info@gptu.greenparty.org.uk or tweet us @GreenPartyTU.

NB: All the figures above can be found at www.gov.uk and www.ons.gov.uk

GPTU calls on Greens to support the UCU Higher Education strike, 25th-26th May

SMG - 25-26 May UCU fbThe Green Party Trade Union Group is calling on Greens to support the strike called by the UCU union in universities and Higher Education, 25th-26th May.

University and HE staff will be on strike for two days not only against pay which has fallen by over 14% in real terms since 2009, but also against a huge 12.6% gender pay gap in Higher Education, and against increasing insecurity and casualisation of employment contracts for HE staff.

Green student groups in particular are encouraged to support the UCU action. This could be by:

  • Attending the picket line at your university or Higher Education institution and telling the staff that you support them. Get in touch with the UCU branch at your institution to find out when and where a picket may be taking place (most have websites), or simply speak to the staff on the picket line when you see them. If possible, you can even bring drinks and snacks for the picketers!
  • Emailing your Vice-Chancellor or Principal, calling on them to put pressure on the national negotiations to come up with a better offer for HE staff.
  • Encouraging your Student Union to take action in support of the HE staff at your institution.

UCU has issued guidance to students who wish to support the strike.

Greens who attend picket lines or take action to support the UCU strike are encouraged to share photos on Facebook and Twitter and to let GPTU know!

SolidariTea with the junior doctors

26th April 08:00 until 28th April 08:00

IMG_1588Greens! Its’ time to standing with the BMA junior doctors once again as their dispute escalates to an all-out strike on 26th and 27th April. Show your SolidariTea by bringing tea and coffee for the doctors on the picket line!

Click here for more details about how you can get involved!

#SolidariTea: Green Trade Unionists call on Greens to show support for junior doctors’ all-out strike

Meme - GO 26th April BMAOnce again, the Green Party Trade Union Group is calling on local Green Parties in England to show support for the BMA’s junior doctors, under the #SolidariTea banner, as they escalate to an all-out strike from 26th-28th April.

Click here for more information on SolidariTea, including advice on how to set up a SolidariTea event near you.

As part of the Get Organised campaign run jointly with the Young Greens, GPTU is encouraging Greens to bring tea and coffee for doctors on strike. Several local Green Parties supported the junior doctors with #SolidariTea on 6th and 7th April.

The Green Party has previously given its full backing to the doctor’s strike. At this year’s Spring Conference, the party confirmed its policy is to reverse the imposition of the contract if the Tory Government imposes it this year.

 

 

Get Organised: Support our Junior Doctors!

Thursday 21st April at 7:15pm
Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, London EC2A 4JX
RSVP on Facebook here

12920518_1051603621552415_5757009384409287904_nWith further strikes taking place throughout April, including doctors’ first ever full walk-out, we’ll be holding a discussion on the current dispute between junior doctors and the government, and more broadly on why it’s so important for our young members to get organised and join Trade Unions- especially in an age of austerity and a sustained attack on public services.

Speakers so far include:
Yannis Gourtsoyannis – British Medical Association
Barry Faulkner – Unite the Union

Look out for more updates! All welcome!

Greens stand in #SolidariTea with the junior doctors

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Wandsworth Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union Group with striking doctors at St George’s Hospital, Tooting

Greens have stood in solidarity on the picket lines with striking junior doctors this week, as part of the Green Party Trade Union Group’s “SolidariTea” call to action.

Last month, GPTU called on local Green Parties to come to the picket lines and bring tea and coffee for the doctors on strike, to support them in their dispute against the Conservative Government’s plans to impose a dangerous new contract.

The “SolidariTea” idea was pioneered by GPTU’s Campaigns Officer, Will Quick, at Bristol Royal Infirmary, before GPTU called for other local Green Parties to put on their own SolidariTea events.

Several local Green Parties, including Bristol Green Party, Wandsworth Green Party, Kingston Green Party, and Greenwich Green Party, took to Facebook and Twitter to show their support for the doctors’ strike.

Full Green Party support

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Bristol Greens at the BMI picket line at Bristol Royal Infirmary

The Green Party has previously announced its full support for the doctors’ strike. At 2016 Spring Conference, a motion passed by Larry Sanders, the Green Party’s Health Spokesperson, confirmed that the Green Party would call for the contracts to be overturned, should the Conservative Government go ahead and impose them this year.

The next strike dates planned by the British Medical Association are 26th-28th April.

Video

Wandsworth Green Party’s Lois Davis captured the Greens at the St George’s picket line in a fantastic video:

St George’s – Greens in SolidariTea with the junior doctors

Thursday 7th April at 08:00
St George’s Hospital (Effort Street entrance) – closest tube Tooting Broadway
RSVP on Facebook here

Meme - GO 6th April BMAGreens will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on strike at St George’s Hospital on Thursday, 7th April, at 8am, by bringing tea and coffee and supporting the doctors on the picket line. This is during the second day of the BMA strike against unfair and unsafe new contracts.

Please come and support this so we can demonstrate the Green Party’s support for the junior doctors in their dispute! Do come along even if you can only stay for a short while before going off to work.

Solidari-Tea events will be held around the country, as part of the GPTU and Young Greens’ “Get Organised” campaign. More info here.

Bristol – Greens in SolidariTea with the junior doctors

From Wednesday 6th April at 08:00 until Friday 8th April at 08:00
Bristol Royal Informaty
More details on Facebook here

Meme - GO 6th April BMAGreens will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on strike at Bristol Royal Infirmary from Wednesday, 6th April at 8am, until Friday 8th April at 8am, by bringing tea and coffee and supporting the doctors on the picket line. (More details on Facebook here.) This is during the second day of the BMA strike against unfair and unsafe new contracts.

Please come and support this so we can demonstrate the Green Party’s support for the junior doctors in their dispute! Do come along even if you can only stay for a short while before going off to work.

Solidari-Tea events will be held around the country, as part of the GPTU and Young Greens’ “Get Organised” campaign. More info here.

Kingston – Greens in SolidariTea with the junior doctors

Wednesday 6th April at 08:00
Kingston Hospital
RSVP on Facebook here

Meme - GO 6th April BMAGreens will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on strike at Kingston Hospital on Wednesday, 6th April, at 8am, by bringing tea and coffee and supporting the doctors on the picket line. This is during the second day of the BMA strike against unfair and unsafe new contracts.

Please come and support this so we can demonstrate the Green Party’s support for the junior doctors in their dispute! Do come along even if you can only stay for a short while before going off to work.

Solidari-Tea events will be held around the country, as part of the GPTU and Young Greens’ “Get Organised” campaign. More info here.