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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.

Read more


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.

Read more


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

In solidarity,

The GPTU Committee

August newsletter

Below is the newsletter received by GPTU members this week!

If you’d like to receive these monthly updates by email, as well as attend our meetings, sign up to GPTU here – it’s free and only takes a couple of minutes.

GPTU member but not receiving the emails? It might be that we don’t have your correct details. If we don’t have your full name and details, it’s also more likely that the newsletter will go into your spam folder. If you’re an existing GPTU member, please click here to tell us your details.


Dear GPTU member,


Leadership and executive candidates answer GPTU questions

Voting in the Leadership and Executive elections in the Green Party is now under way!

With a host of candidates standing for Leader and Deputy Leader, GPTU put four questions to each of the candidates and has published their answers. We also put the same questions to the two candidates standing for the position of Trade Union Liaison Officer, given this role’s importance to GPTU and to Trade Unionists in the party.

If you haven’t voted already, read the candidates’ answers and then make your mark!


GPTU motions and meeting at Autumn Conference

The final agenda for Green Party Autumn Conference is now available. GPTU has done extremely well, with our two policy motions coming first and fifth in the policy motions (“C”) section.

Well done to everyone who voted in the prioritisation ballot – we can proudly say that we’ve put Trade Unions and workers’ rights right at the top of the agenda for policy debate at this year’s Autumn Conference!

GPTU will also be holding its full membership meeting at Autumn Conference on Friday, 2nd September at 18:30. Agenda and meeting room will be circulated soon – keep an eye out for our next mailout, or watch for announcements on the website!


GPTU at Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016

GPTU made a huge impact at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival earlier this month – one of the most prominent Trade Union events of the year – thanks to a collaborative effort by Kieron Merrett (GPTU Secretary), Brian Heatley (West and South Dorset Greens), Derek Hardman, and a host of Green Party activists who came to the festival.

In conjunction with West and South Dorset Greens and other Green Party activists, we made our presence felt. Our stall in the main marquee displayed the Green Party’s recent work for Trade Unions, particularly on the Trade Union Bill, and gathered support for the Green Party’s proposal for a Progressive Alliance. Meanwhile, we put on a show during the main march, with a strong Green bloc displaying the GPTU and Dorset Greens banners.

GPTU is looking forward to attending TUC Congress later this year to continue this work of promoting the Green Party and its work to the Trade Union movement – and of course we’ll be back at Tolpuddle next year!


August committee meeting

GPTU committee will be meeting on 18th August at 7:00pm. Committee meetings are open to all GPTU members and are accessible by Skype for any members who cannot attend in person. Please stay tuned to the website for further updates on location and agenda.



I hope to see you at Autumn Conference!


In solidarity,

Kieron Merrett

Secretary, Green Party Trade Union Group
and the GPTU Committee

GPTU June/July newsletter

Dear GPTU member,

I’m writing to you in the wake of the disastrous EU referendum result, with its potentially catastrophic consequences for Trade Unions and working people. Needless to say, GPTU, the Green Party and many of our Trade Unions will continue to campaign for workers’ rights and for solidarity with our fellow European workers.

In the meantime, we’ve got lots of activity coming up!


Can you help us prioritise Trade Union motions at this year’s Green Party Autumn Conference?

The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) has submitted two Trade Union motions for Autumn Conference 2016. We now need Green Party members to vote to prioritise these motions, to ensure they make it onto the final agenda.

If you’re a Green Party member, please complete the prioritisation ballot and put 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

The link to the prioritisation ballot is here – click here to complete the ballot in just a few minutes.

You can read the full text of the motions and the list of supporters here (Green Party login required)


GPTU at Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016, 15th-17th July

GPTU will have a strong presence at the 2016 Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival (15th-17th July) in Dorset.

If you’re going to be at the festival, including if you’re just there on the Sunday, please let Kieron know, particularly if you can help us run the stall or if you would like to march with us on the Sunday march! Thanks very much to those who have already been in touch.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset, one of the most important events on the Trade Union movement’s calendar, is a celebration of Trade Unionism, and remembers the six Tolpuddle Martyrs, whose sacrifice is regarded as the birth of organised labour in Britain.

Anyone can attend the exhibition, march and concert on Sunday 17th July for free – see here for details of FREE transport from across the UK to Tolpuddle and back.

If you’d like to attend for the entire weekend for the Trade Union talks, concerts, film screenings and more, you can camp at the festival. See here for details and prices – and please note that if you’re a GMB member, you can camp at the festival for free.


GPTU members’ survey – have you filled it in yet?

If you’re an existing member of GPTU, please take our survey by clicking here if you haven’t already. This takes literally three or four minutes to complete!

If you’re a new member who’s joined in the last few months, you won’t need to fill this in.


Committee meeting moved to Thursday 7th July, 7pm

Please note that our Committee meeting, which was postponed from a few weeks ago, has been moved  to Thursday, 7th July at 7pm. We will have a London venue (TBC – please watch this space for announcement) and will also be available by Skype.

If you’d like to join by Skype, please get in touch with Kieron by 6pm on Thursday.

All GPTU committee meetings are open to all GPTU members.

Recent news

Here’s some of our recent activity in GPTU:


I hope to see you at Tolpuddle, Autumn Conference, or another GPTU event soon!

In solidarity,

Kieron Merrett
Secretary, Green Party Trade Union Group

GPTU May newsletter

Dear GPTU member,

Welcome to GPTU’s FIRST ever email update! It’s taken us a while to get this set up – but now it’s here, we’ll be sending these updates periodically (normally once a month). Eventually, we hope that these will be specialised for members of each particular union.

We’ve got a busy couple of months coming up – have a look below!


GPTU members – please take our 2-minute survey!

GPTU’s got hundreds of members across the Green Party so we really need to get to know you a bit better.

So we can work out where we should be campaigning and what we should be working on, we just need to know what part of the country you’re in and what union(s) you’re active in. Please take our 2-minute survey and let us know.

Click here to take the GPTU members’ survey – it only takes a couple of minutes!


Support the UCU universities strike – THIS WEEK, 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.

Please get in touch with your local Green Parties, Green students’ groups and UCU branches in your area to support the picket lines if you can! You can also share GPTU’s posts on Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to fellow Greens.

Click here to find out more about how you can support the strike!


#GreenerIN campaign on Worker’s Rights – 30th May – 5th June

GREEN_LOGO_CIRCLE_300dpiNext week, the Green Party’s Greens for a Better Europe campaign (#GreenerIN) will be focusing on how EU membership benefits workers and their rights at work.

GPTU will be working on a social media campaign to support this, and we’ll be asking GPTU members to participate. Please watch out for announcements next week. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates!


Sian Berry to support BECTU strike at Rio Cinema in Dalston, London, TOMORROW 25th May

Tomorrow (Wednesday 25th July) in the afternoon, our newly elected Green London Assembly member, Sian Berry, will be supporting striking BECTU members at the Rio Cinema, Dalston, London.

Please let us know if you’re in the area and can come and support – let’s get a strong Green presence to support both Sian and the BECTU workers!


JULY: Durham Miners’ Gala and Tolpuddle Festival

Coming up in July we have the Durham Miners’ Gala (Saturday 9th July) and the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival (15th-17th July) – major events in the Trade Union calendar. We’re pleased to say that the GPTU banner will be proudly marching at both events! At Tolpuddle we will also have a GPTU stall.

Please let us know if you’re coming to either event, and if you’d like to march with our banner or help with the stall.


Recent GPTU news, events and blog posts

GPTU members have been busy over the last couple of months – have a look at some of our recent activity:

And have a look at some of our recent GPTU blog posts:


Next GPTU committee meeting

Our next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, 21st June at 7:00pm. This is open to all GPTU members. Location TBC (watch our website for updates) – but the meeting will also be accessible by Skype.


In solidarity,

Kieron Merrett, GPTU Secretary, and the GPTU committee