Tuesday 31 October 2023

GPTU welcomes RMT victory over ticket office closures


The Green Party Trade Union Group are proud to have played our part in supporting the campaign to keep ticket offices open along with thousands of others. It is a victory that shows mass mobilisation and a cogent argument works.

Congratulations to the RMT and all its members. The union statement is below:

RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed the government’s complete withdrawal of its ticket office closure plans in light of passenger watchdog objections as a complete victory.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was a resounding victory for the union’s campaign and a win for passengers, community groups and rail workers alike. 

“We are now calling for an urgent summit with the government, train operating companies, disabled and community organisations and passenger groups to agree a different route for the rail network that guarantees the future of our ticket offices and stations staff jobs to delivers a safe, secure and accessible service that puts passengers before profit,” he said.

Saturday 5 August 2023




Monday 31 July 2023




 Committee 2023/24


a. Co-Chairs Danny McNamara and Beccy Sawbridge

b. Deputy Chairs  Erwin Schaefer, and Roy Sandison

c.  Co-Secretaries Peter Murry and Martin Francis

d. Treasurer Dave Taylor

e.  Membership Malcolm Bailey

f.    Publications & Publicity Committee Roy Sandison Peter Murry, Martin Francis, Erwin Schaefer, Mark Douglas

g. Trade Union Liaison Sue Tibbles

    Youth and Student Officer 

i.   Delegate to PAAA 

j     Equalities Officer Beccy Sawbridge


k.        Regional Officers 

LONDON: Erwin Schaefer,, 

WEST MIDLANDS Roy Sandison, 

SOUTH WEST Dave Taylor

SOUTH EAST Sue Tibbles


l. Regional Contacts Coordinator Roy Sandison

m.Elections Coordinator Sue Tibbles


n. Conference Coordinator Martin Francis,

q.Facebook Admins and Moderators Martin Francis, Mike Shaughnessy, Roy Sandison, Peter Murry, Erwin Schaeffer and Beccy Sawbridge.

 l. Admins for blog, website and other social media Peter Murry, Erwin Schaeffer, Martin Francis

m. Another Europe Is Possible Erwin Schaeffer

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1. The Green Left (hereinafter GL), is a group open to members of the. Green Party of England & Wales , (hereinafter GPEW), who share its aims and those outlined in the Ecosocialist Manifesto, Paris 2001.

The aims of GL shall be to develop and advocate eco-socialist and anti-capitalist policies within GPEW and the Green movement, Trades Unions and the labour movement nationally, internationally, locally and regionally.

It shall do this by putting forward policy and campaign proposals to GPEW, the general public, the Green movement, Trades Unions and the labour movement nationally, internationally, locally and regionally.

It shall campaign on behalf of its aims by participating in Trades Union and other political and cultural events and by drafting and distributing appropriate publicity materials.

GL shall encourage Trades Unions, individuals and other appropriate and ethical organisations to give financial and other support to GPEW and shall encourage Trades Unions (at Branch, local regional or national level) to affiliate to GPEW. The actual mechanics of affiliation shall be dealt with by the Trades Union Liaison sub-committee of GPEX.

Membership of GL shall be open to any current members of GPEW. who share the aims and objectives of GL The usual method of joining will be payment of a subscription as agreed by the GL Steering Committee.

The GL Steering Committee shall comprise  Co-conveners, Secretary, Membership Secretary and  Treasurer, TU Liaison Officer. Other Committee posts may be created by the Committee as necessary subject to ratification by a meeting of GL.

The Committee shall normally be elected at the AGM.

The Annual general Meeting (AGM) of GL shall normally take place annually and be open to all GL members

Ordinary meetings of GL shall be open to all GL members

Extra Ordinary General Meetings can be called by petition of 25% of GL members or 10 GL members (whichever is the larger). EGMs can consider and enact motions to re-elect the Committee.
Steering Committee meetings shall take place if necessary between other meetings; usually they shall be open to all GL members

Where possible an Ordinary meeting of GL shall be held at GPEW National Conference, this may be additional to the normal schedule of Ordinary meetings of GL.

Decisions at GL meetings shall be by majority vote where necessary. Contentious or tied issues may be decided by a poll of all GL members

Committee members may take decisions or communicate on behalf of GL between Ordinary meetings of GL on matters that arise during these times, their decisions and communications shall be subject to ratification by a meeting of GL.

GL shall raise funds on its own behalf or for GPEW for campaigns in line with GL aims.

GL shall open a bank account to keep its funds which shall be spent in pursuance of its aims.

GL shall encourage the formation of local GL groups and or GL groups based on membership of a particular Trade Union or workplace

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Sunday 30 July 2023

GP Autumn conference 2023 motions recommended by Green Left.

 Green Party of England and Wales members can co propose 4 motions for GP Autumn conference 2023

This is the link to the form for you to fill in: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx...

the deadline for this is 23.59 on 3 August.
Please choose from the list of motions recommended by Green Left.

Monday 24 July 2023



Around 80 people turned up to support our 3rd. Speakers' Corner on Saturday - they were treated to a range of excellent speeches, & the heavy rain that was forecast fortunately didn't come: after a little drizzle at the start, the sun came out!!
For those unable to come, here are some video clips, courtesy of Tina Rothery of the Anti-Fracking Nanas, of some of the day's events (more-or-less in order!!):
3. Clara Paillard (Tipping Point UK/ Unite) - Voices from the Global South
5. Markus Campbell-Savours (Labour Party councillor/Unite):

And here's what George Monbiot (Environmental journalist and activist) thinks about the plans for a new coalmine:
“Fossil fuels are one of the main drivers of climate breakdown - and the most polluting of all fossil fuels is coal. It is a complete betrayal of ‘climate leadership’ for this government to have approved the UK’s first deep-sea coalmine in decades. It will release 9m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year - greater than the combined emissions of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
“More than for decades ago, the International Energy Agency declared that if climate goals are to be reached, no new coalmines could be built. More recently, the UN’s Acceleration Agenda calls on governments to commit to no new coal. It’s not complicated: opening a new mine will make the climate crisis worse - and will accelerate the collapse of other Earth systems. What Cumbria - and the world - needs is a rapid just transition to clean green energy jobs.”