Today, we in the Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) are launching our campaign for “I Heart Unions” week which runs from the 8th to the 14th February. This week celebrates the brilliant work that Trade Unions do in workplaces up and down the country. Whether it’s getting colleagues together and taking industrial action to protect jobs and conditions or just everyday work that Trade Union Representatives do to help individual employees with workplace issues, unions play a vital role in our society. A recent example is where RMT representatives of TFL workers pushed TFL management to reinstate 60% of the jobs that the previous Mayor of London cut from underground stations, thus helping making our stations safer for staff and passengers. Trade Unions don’t just help those in employment. For example, the Unite union also help those who are unemployed with their Unite Community scheme.
For the launch of our Young Workers’ Month campaign back in November we talked about how unionised workplaces are more productive and workers in unions are paid better and generally have better conditions than non-unionised workplaces. We also shared pictures of Young Workers saying why unions are important to them.
For the “I Heart Unions” campaign we are hoping to be sharing short thirty-second videos every day from people stating why they love unions. Whether you’re retired, unemployed, a student or a worker of any age, please send us a video to the email address email@example.com or send one to us on twitter (@GreenPartyTU) with the hashtag #iheartunions.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to spread some love for our brilliant Trade Unions. Solidarity and love to you all.
London Green Party urges everyone to support the RMT’s campaign to make sure our tube stations are safely staffed.
Former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson cut over 800 staff from TFL, meaning ticket offices were closed and stations are now dangerously understaffed. it seems Sadiq Khan isn’t rectifying this and has condemned the industrial action that RMT and TSSA have been forced to take in recent times.
Green Party Assembly Member Caroline Russell said “With TFL staff saying they feel unsafe working on the underground and with passengers frustrated at lack of assistance, it is important that this situation is quickly resolved.
With the recent introduction of the night tube, it is more important than ever that our stations are safely staffed and that staff and passengers’ voices are heard.”
Green Party Trade Union Group co-secretary Lee Burkwood added this. “On a personal level, I have seen what it is like when underground stations are understaffed. As a passenger I needed assistance recently and to get the help I needed, it took a lot longer than it should have done because the station only had two staff present. Whatever action the RMT and TSSA have to take in future, we as a Trade Union Group will be supporting.”
There is a public rally in support of RMT’s campaign at 6:30pm tonight and Green Party representatives will be there and urge everyone reading this to go. The details are below and hopefully this will be the start of a widely supported campaign to make sure that the safety of staff and passengers on the Underground is guaranteed by the Mayor.
NB: Details of the rally are on the link below.
The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) express solidarity with University College Union (UCU) members at the College of North West London College (CNWL) that 5 days ago voted for strike action over a planned merger with the City of Westminster College and over the suspension of their colleague, Indro Sen.
The plans to merge CNWL with City of Westminster College were first announced back in 2013. Despite CNWL saying it was consulting staff over the merger, several staff have been made redundant since, with no guarantees over current staff jobs and no guarantees that both current campuses will stay open. Indro Sen, Branch Secretary of UCU at CNWL and a vocal critic of the merger plans, was suspended back in October 2016 whilst representing a former CNWL employee at a tribunal.
A GPTU spokesperson has said “It is obvious that the reason the colleges are merging and staff are being made redundant is because of severe cuts to further education from, firstly the coalition, and now a Conservative majority government. Sadly this is happening all across the country and shows the callousness at the way the Tories are endangering young people’s future and education for all local communities. ”
“Whilst we understand the College is in a difficult position with funding cuts, we support strike action voted for by 95% of UCU members as they are doing all they can to protect the CNWL from going under.”
To find out how you can support UCU members involved in this action, please visit their website. https://www.ucu.org.uk/