Green Left SW exists to illustrate the need to fight for social and environmental justice and to promote eco-socialist ideas within and without the Green party in Torbay and across the West Country.
Unlike Ed Balls and the Labour party we will not be offering austerity-lite policies. The Green party is the only electoral party with an explicit opposition to the cuts programme of the bigger parties. We are proud to be green trade unionists !
Here is the excellent press report from the website pages of the South Devon newspaper, The Herald Express (14/09/12) :
The Torbay Green Party continues to campaign for real changes in the
lives of so many people who have been marginalised by the establishment parties
and has given its full support to the 'Living Wage Campaign' being run by
Torbay Trades Union Council (TUC).
Dr Sam Moss, Chairman of Torbay Green Party said, 'Torbay Trades Council
is highlighting how their members are blighted by an ever-growing wage
inequality which endangers health and has a detrimental impact on family life. A real "living wage" of at least
£7.20 per hour, based on the work carried out for the Living Wage Foundation (LWF)
families do not fall into poverty and debt when they face the kind of
day-to-day challenges that the better off can take in their stride.'
Barrie Wood, Secretary of Torbay TUC commented, 'I am delighted to hear
that the Green Party locally and nationally are supporting the Living Wage Campaign,
as we seek to build a consensus in favour of justice at work.'
Sam added, 'the current minimum wage falls well short of what's needed –
more than a pound an hour short in fact – from last October the minimum wage
has been just £6.08. This is totally unacceptable. Every study finds the
"poverty threshold wage" to be higher than the minimum wage set by the
would be set at the level of a real living wage equal to 60%
November (approximately 3.5% according to the LWF). We call on Torbay Council
to establish a Living Wage Commission for the borough as soon as possible to
stop poverty wages being paid in Torbay and help reduce inequality.'
The proportion of people on low pay is steadily increasing and the
economic gap between Torbay and the rest of Devon and the UK has been widening
in recent years. The yearly
and the bay area has pockets of severe deprivation – the consequences of this
will affect us all! The overwhelming evidence shows that more equal societies are healthier, happier and more prosperous.