Sunday, 25 October 2015

GPTU Trade Union Bill leaflet

Please find attached a GPTU Trade Union Bill leaflet that i will be distributing at a local meeting in Brent ( Thursday 29th October, 7.30pm at the Learie Constantine Centre Dudden Hill Lane (Nr Dollis Hill) tube.) and at the TUC meeting and parliamentary lobby on London Monday 2 November 2015, Central Hall westminster from 12 noon. Help with leafletting the latter would be appreciated.


“A savage and vindictive assault on uk employment rights” Caroline  Lucas MP

On  new laws to restrict trade unions.  “For a Government elected by only 24 per cent of eligible voters to propose a 40 per cent minimum turnout for public sector strikes reeks of hypocrisy.(…) If the Bill is passed into law, I would be prepared to join trade unionists and others in taking non-violent direct action to resist it.”

·        The government proposals will impose greater restrictions on trade unions than any other voluntary sector membership organisations
·        Employers will be able to bring in agency workers with a view to breaking strikes, regardless of the consequences for health and safety.
·        Trade union protests and pickets will be subject to levels of public and police scrutiny and controls that go far beyond what is fair and acceptable in a modern democracy.(see TUC Briefing on TU bill).

The right to strike must be protected. We will not accept restrictions that make the withdrawal of our labour meaningless by allowing agency replacement staff. We will not accept restrictions that make strike action near impossible to organise.  Our trade unions need to work together to resist any such changes to our rights. “ Romayne Phoenix, Green Party Trade Union Liaison Officer

The Green Party sees the main cause of environmental crisis as being the way businesses and governments treat everyone and everything on the planet as things to be exploited for profit. All Green Party policies AIM to bring about major changes in politics and economics The TU group and the Green Party have supported unions in dispute such as the NUT, UCU FBU, PCS RMT,GMB  and Unison. Our elected representatives have fought for workers’ rights from local level to the European Parliament.

The Green Party has consistently opposed anti-union laws and will seek their repeal at the earliest opportunity. The Green Party Trades Union Group is affiliated to the Campaign for the Repeal of the Anti-Trade Union laws .

·         Opposes privatisation and PFI schemes
·         Campaigns for fair pay and decent conditions
·         Opposes the sale/privatisation of council housing and demands affordable social housing.
·         Campaigns for investment in public transport within a publicly controlled, integrated transport system.
·         Supports public services such as health and education funded through taxation, with the well off paying their fair share.
·         Campaigns for fair trade
·         Supports a Basic income for the unwaged which would remove means testing, Job Centre bullying and pressure to take low paid jobs.
·         Encourages unorganised, temporary and migrant workers to join a union

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