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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.

GPTU calls on Greens to show their Solidari-Tea with junior doctors, 6th-8th April

Meme - GO 6th April BMAThe Green Party Trade Union Group is calling on Green Party activists to show their ‘Solidari-Tea’ with BMA junior doctors on strike on the 6th-8th April, by bringing tea and coffee to the picket line.

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.

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.

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

The Solidari-Tea idea was pioneered by Will Quick, GPTU’s campaigns officer, early in the BMA dispute. In his blog post republished here on the GPTU website, Will said:

To defend against [the Government’s] attacks, and support our Junior Doctors (striking can be a hard and dispiriting course of action at the best of time, let alone with the attacks in the press) we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them on the picket lines as they fight to not only protect themselves, but also patient and our entire health service.

The government has suffered a series of setbacks and is looking increasingly weak.  Now is the time to escalate our resistance, to link up our struggles, and to fight back against their agenda of cuts and privatisation.

The Get Organised campaign, led by Anna Jordan, is backed by the Green Party Trade Union Group and the Young Greens. It aims to encourage young people to become active in their Trade Unions, and to foster new links between the Green and labour movements.

Full #SolidariTea to the #JuniorDoctors

By GPTU Campaigns Officer, William Quick
Twitter: @willhquick

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Junior Doctors and their supporters – led by Kitty Thompson and her ‘Tired Doctors Make Misstakes placard’ picketing outside the BRI 10/3/2016

This April Junior Doctors and the BMA are set to continue to escalate their resistance to Jeremy Hunt and the government’s plans to impose new contracts that have been universally panned as being both Not Safe and Not Fair.

These new contracts remove financial penalties for NHS trusts that place Junior Doctors on ‘fatiguing’ shift patterns (and are thus liable to enable unsafe working conditions – tired doctors make mistakes); and unfairly attack Junior Doctor’s pay be reclassifying an additional 50% of currently unsocial hours as part of the standard working week.

On top of this, the new contract seem geared to accelerate privatisation.  Unsocial hours payments are often cited by private healthcare firms as a ‘barrier’ to their taking over of staff and contracts for some services, removing them will act as a catalyst for the outsourcing of both.

Furthermore, as Dr Lauren Gavaghan recently eloquently explained on LBC (in a video watched by more than 1,000,000 people), expanding work on the weekends isn’t about increasing emergency care (as junior doctors and all NHS staff – myself included – already provide that) but introducing elective non-urgent clinical work into weekends.  This is the work that private companies love to take on as they cherry pick the most profitable services from our NHS to maximise their money making; and thus these contracts will help increase the amount of services liable for private healthcare profiteering.

For all these reasons and more we must support the Junior Doctors when they return to picket lines in coming weeks.

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Greens including Tony Dyer – candidate for Mayor, Carla Denyer – Councillor for Clifton East – and me supporting the BRI picket 9/03/2016

The next strike dates are from 8am on the 6th till 8 am on the 8th of April, and then again from 8am till 5pm on 26th and 27th of April.

This second strike will be all out – for the first ever time junior doctors will not provide emergency care (which will instead be covered by consultants).

The government is currently imploding over divisions on the impending EU referendum and the intensification of austerity measures in the recent budget.  The escalation by the BMA will put the government under intense pressure (as well as shining a spotlight on the Tory’s gradual assault on our NHS), and in this context could well succeed in forcing another humiliating climbdown.

Tory’s know this, and it is no doubt for this reason that the Tory press has intensified its vilification of junior doctors and the supposedly ‘militant’ BMA.  According to reports, junior doctors are being nakedly politically, are only interested in the money, are killing patients with their ‘irresponsible’ striking and should all be fired anyway (according to the Sun).

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Greens at the BRI picket 09/03/2016

Despite the best efforts of the Torys (and much slander and misinformation particularly from Jeremy Hunt) and their allies in the media, the Junior Doctors remain overwhelmingly popular with the public.  Both the Tories and their press are trying to drive a wedge between striking Junior Doctors and the public (and are going to try to use this latest escalation as a means to discredit them).  Attacks on Junior Doctors and the BMA are only going to intensify as the month draws on.

To defend against these attacks, and support our Junior Doctors (striking can be a hard and dispiriting course of action at the best of time, let alone with the attacks in the press) we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them on the picket lines as they fight to not only protect themselves, but also patient and our entire health service.  The government has suffered a series of setbacks and is looking increasingly weak.  Now is the time to escalate our resistance, to link up our struggles, and to fight back against their agenda of cuts and privatisation.

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Me providing hot cups of SolidariTea and SolidariCoffee to the BRI picket 10/03/2016

Once again Bristol Greens will be taking to picket lines across the city to provide SolidariTea (and SolidariCoffee) and practical support.  We call on all trade unionist and progressives in our city to do the same.  If we all come together to support the Junior Doctors they can win.  This would both protect vitally important staff (who are already over worked and under paid) and be a signal victory in the fight against NHS privatisation.  It could also significantly contribute to the toppling of this government.

Green Party members will be showing Solidari-Tea with the junior doctors on their next strike dates, 6th and 7th April. Click here for more info.