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Unite demonstration at Labour Party conference

Brown won't listen; It's Time for a new workers' party!

The newly merged union Unite is leading a lobby of the Labour Party conference on Sunday 23 September. A whole list of grievances will be presented to the Labour leadership in defence of the rights of working people. But millions of trade union members will rightly be asking 'How can the big unions still remain handcuffed to New Labour in the face of its pro-business agenda?

 

The last week has seen these union general secretaries correctly denouncing Brown for his 'meet and greet' session with Thatcher. This disgusted generations of workers, from ex-miners and steelworkers to postal workers and civil servants. Totally aware of this, union leaders have rushed out statements attacking Brown. Yet the very same leaders refuse to carry those sentiments through to their logical conclusion - stop giving millions of our union subs to New Labour and launch a new mass workers' party!

 

Brown meeting Thatcher is the logical conclusion of the New Labour project, transforming it into an openly big-business party. Brown, and Blair before him, are the heirs to her legacy, making Britain a place where the rich and powerful can prosper at the expense of millions of working-class people suffering from the effects of privatisation and the rest of the neo-liberal agenda.

 

Thatcher called the miners 'the enemy within' and now Brown views the whole trade union movement with the same distain. Brown wants to abolish the right of Labour Party conference to vote against the government on policy. He plans to end the opportunity for unions and constituency delegates to vote on so-called contemporary motions, shuffling off controversial issues to private sessions of the machine-dominated national policy forum. New Labour democracy has been an oxymoron for years now and this latest move is just another nail in the coffin of Labour as a party that workers can have any influence over. We need to break the link and build a new party that can fight in our interests and which we can have a real say over the policies and campaigns of.

 

Of course, New Labour prime minister, like Thatcher herself, are war leaders as well. Millions live in poverty but billions are spent in the illegal war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Tens of thousands of miners and steelworkers were sacked by Thatcher just as Brown announced over 100,000 civil servants losing their jobs live on TV when he was chancellor. Yet the union leaders have been doing their best to try and persuade us that Brown is different to Blair. In reality, he is part and parcel of the New Labour regime. Why do we need to waste more time and money? We need to cut the link with Labour now!

 

On 17 October, the unions will be lobbying Parliament to put pressure on to get the Trade Union Freedom Bill passed. These are the same laws that were used to defeat the miners and the printers at Wapping. Yet 27 years later, the anti-trade union laws remain, even after 10 years of a Labour Government. Surely, if Labour MPs don't deliver yet again, the penny must drop! Let's cut the links and launch a new party that can bring together the millions that have opposed this government, from trade unionists to anti-war protestors to anti-NHS cuts campaigners, and give working class people the political voice the deserve.

 

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