Strike 'a shot against the coalition's bows'

Wed 30 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 30 November 2011

Today's mass strike against the UK Coalition's pension plans will just be the beginning of significant resistance to George Osborne's plans, Greens today warned, unless Ministers think again and agree to negotiate with unions in good faith.

Greens backing tomorrow's strike action

Tue 29 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 29 November 2011

The Green MSPs today confirmed the party's support for tomorrow's coordinated strike action against UK Ministers' assault on public sector working conditions. Patrick Harvie MSP, the party's co-convenor, will take part in an STUC event with the leadership of Scottish Labour and with striking public sector staff in the morning, before taking part in the march from the Usher Hall to Holyrood and then meeting Holyrood staff on the picket line around Parliament.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Poll: public back church plans for same-sex marriages

Fri 25 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 25 November 2011

A poll published today by the Daily Mail shows remarkable support for churches who wish to conduct same-sex marriages, with 50% of Scots supporting the bid and just 36% opposed.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Ministers urged to act on nuclear safety at Rosyth

Wed 23 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 23 November 2011

SNP block Green moves to improve flawed Sectarianism Bill

Tue 22 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 22 November 2011

SNP and UK coalition "an unholy alliance" on strike debate

Thu 17 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 17 November 2011

The Green MSPs today condemned the decision by SNP Ministers to ignore representations from public sector staff and unions to close Holyrood during the day of strike action, 30 November, and instead to support the UK Coalition parties' anti-union position.

Patrick MSP said:

"It’s an utterly cynical move, and an abuse of the Scottish Government’s power, to schedule a debate about the strikes so that only MSPs who cross the picket lines are able to take part.

Holyrood urged to close in support of public sector staff

Wed 16 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 15 November 2011

The Green MSPs will today vote against a Holyrood business motion which commits Parliament to meeting on 30 November, the day scheduled for a civil service strike over pension cuts. The party argues that MSPs should be supporting public sector staff both inside and outside Holyrood, and respecting union members' calls for MSPs to join them on picket lines instead.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP vision for Scotland's railways "a third class shambles"

Tue 15 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 15 November 2011

The ideas contained in the SNP Government's Rail 2014 Public Consultation, published today, would represent a significant worsening of rail services in

Greens criticise Holyrood "security theatre"

Tue 15 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 15 November 2011

The Green MSPs criticised plans announced today by the Holyrood authorities for a substantial external security facility for the Scottish Parliament building. The proposals, if the Corporate Body proceed with them, will be costly and pointless, the party argues.

Patrick MSP said:

Greens welcome rejection of Hunterston coal plant

Wed 9 Nov, 2011

For immediate release 9 November 2011

Green MSPs today congratulated campaigners against the proposed coal-fired power station at Hunterston following the decision by North Ayrshire Council to reject the development. The Scottish Parliament has previously voted against this proposal, backing a Green motion on March 18th 2010.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: