Friday, 5 March 2021

The Green Party Trade Union group supports the protests of health workers’ Unions against the derisory 1% pay offer.


The 1% pay rise currently offered to health workers is correctly being described by Union leaders as ‘a kick in the teeth’ and ‘an insult’. These workers have worked often far beyond their contracted duties to combat the pandemic and defend the health of people throughout Britain. This has sometimes included risking and sacrificing their lives. If the government can award lucrative contracts to ministerial cronies, it can afford a decent pay award for health workers. The Green Party Trade Union group supports the protests of health workers’ Unions against the derisory 1% pay offer.

Friday, 12 February 2021

A new bill to reform the NHS in England: the wrong proposals at the wrong time -

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1:33 PM (2 hours ago)
We Own It have now circulated link to BMJ article below.
A new bill to reform the NHS in England: the wrong proposals at the wrong time - The BMJ
The government’s draft white paper for reform of the NHS in England, which was leaked on 5 February 2021, is a remarkable document—as much for what it does not say, as for what it proposes..

A new bill to reform the NHS in England: the wrong proposals at the wrong time - The BMJ

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Book Launch – “The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology” by John Bellamy Foster


Book Launch – “The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology” by John Bellamy Foster

Organised by the Socialist History Society

Sunday 14th February 2021
6pm GMT [10am Oregon time]
Zoom Meeting – Free, but you will need to register here:

Speaker: John Bellamy Foster

Twenty years ago, John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature introduced a new understanding of Karl Marx’s revolutionary ecological materialism. More than simply a study of Marx, it commenced an intellectual and social history, encompassing thinkers from Epicurus to Darwin, who developed materialist and ecological ideas. Now, with The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, Foster continues this narrative. In so doing, he uncovers a long history of efforts to unite issues of social justice and environmental sustainability that will help us comprehend and counter today’s unprecedented planetary emergencies.

The Return of Nature begins with the deaths of Darwin (1882) and Marx (1883) and moves on until the rise of the ecological age in the 1960s and 1970s. Foster explores how socialist analysts and materialist scientists of various stamps, first in Britain, then the United States, from William Morris and Frederick Engels to Joseph Needham, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Jay Gould, sought to develop a dialectical naturalism, rooted in a critique of capitalism. In the process, he delivers a far-reaching and fascinating reinterpretation of the radical and socialist origins of ecology. Ultimately, what this book asks for is nothing short of revolution: a long, ecological revolution, aimed at making peace with the planet while meeting collective human need.

Register here:

Sunday, 6 December 2020




Monday 7th December, 8.30-10am 2 Pickets United: joint virtual picket with Brighton University and Rolls Royce strikers 3 To attend the picket online, register here... 4 There are two events this week  in solidarity with Brighton University UCU’s fight against redundancies.πŸ“·On Monday Brighton UCU will pioneer an experiment in picketing. In what we believe will be the first instance ever of digital secondary picketing, our real-world picket at the Grand Parade building in central Brighton from 8.30-10am will be Zoom-linked with the picket of Rolls Royce strikers in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. We are inviting delegations from UCU branches and other trade unions to join us online to bring solidarity and, if possible, donations to our strike fund. 5 6 To attend the picket online, register here...Thursday 10 December 12 noon 7 Brighton UCU online strike rally  8 'Fightin’ Brighton: Fighting for our universities - students and staff together’ 9 With John McDonnell MP, speakers from UCU branches at UEL, Goldsmiths, SOAS Unison, and students involved in rent strikes and protests at various universities 10 ​ 11 To attend the rally, register here... 12 13 Details of our JustGiving page... 14 15 Bank account details for payments into our strike fund: UCU Brighton University SO224; Sort code: 608301; Ac/no. 40000280 16 In solidarity 17 - MarkAbel 18 Chair UCU Coordinating Committee 19 University of Brighton 20 πŸ“·πŸ“·πŸ“·Copyright © 2020 UCU London Retired Members Branch, All rights reserved. 21 UCU London Retired Members Branch - members and supporters 22 ​ 23
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Saturday, 28 November 2020

The 21st Century Crisis Nobody Talks About: Demographic Ageing

The 21st Century Crisis Nobody Talks About: Demographic Ageing

•28 Nov 2020
Humanity is getting older. But while the old outnumbering the young is one of the supreme achievements of our species, it comes with major challenges. How do we meet rising care needs at the moment the working age population shrinks? Does demographic ageing mean low growth and high deficits are here to stay? Aaron Bastani on a crisis set to re-define societies around the world which, for the 21st century at least, is every bit as disruptive as climate change.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Wembley Ambulance Station.


Brent Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union group are very concerned to learn of the proposed closure of Wembley Ambulance Station. This threat to the health of people in the surrounding areas which this would pose, seems particularly short-sighted and potentially dangerous. As stated on the Wembley Matters blog (
‘The closure would occur in the middle of a pandemic at a time of peak winter illness and falls, in a multi-racial community suffering from disproportionate numbers of Covid19 cases. A resource is being taken away from an area with a rapidly growing population as the result of high-rise developments In Alperton, Wembley Central and Wembley Park – areas close to the ambulance station.’
Unison has set out detailed objections to the proposal, Brent Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union group fully support their campaign to retain the Ambulance Station, we trust the MP’s for Brent will also give their support.
Peter Murry
Trade Union Liaison pp Brent Green Party
Co-Secretary Green Party Trade Union grou

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Northern Launch of "Anti-Nazi Germans"


Mary Quaile Club event

Northern Launch of "Anti-Nazi Germans"

Enemies of the Nazi State from within the Working class Movement by Merilyn Moos German Volunteers in the French Resistance by Steve Cushion. 29th November 2020, 2pm
Due to the current situation this of the Mary Quaile Club  will be held by Zoom Full details of how to log in can be found at the end of this post
This new book challenges a popular  myth: that there was no resistance in Germany to the Nazis. We are delighted to be joined by the authors,  Merilyn and Steve.
In the first part  of the book Merilyn chronicles the German anti-Nazi Resistance,  particularly  from the German working class movement. She includes the White Rose group and the Edelweiss Pirates.
In the second part of the book Steve chronicles  how German refugees took part in fighting the Nazis in France in the Resistance, “From spreading anti-Nazi propaganda in the German Army and attempting to organise mutiny and desertion, through to extensive involvement in urban terrorism and the rural guerrilla struggle.”
Merilyn and Steve are lifelong activists in opposing fascism in organisations including the Anti Nazi League, trade unions and community campaigns. They want to encourage all of us to be inspired by the women and men in this book. And “The most important lesson we can learn from the history of their struggles is that resistance is always possible, even under the most grim of circumstances.”
You can read a review of the book by veteran anti-fascist Mike Luft here. Zoom log in details
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