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If you think all the big political parties are the same - you're right! The bosses have got three parties - isn't it about time we had one of our own?
Labour's meltdown in the Euro and council elections, coupled
with the election of two BNP MEPs, has caused debates throughout the country as
to what sort of political response is needed.
Most recently, for example, the general secretary of Unison, Dave Prentis, has threatened suspension of payments by the union to certain Labour MPs over privatisation and called for the union's national election funding of Labour to be reviewed. This breaking of union financial links to Labour is the position that the CNWP has championed for many years.
In addition, the RMT's general secretary, Bob Crow, has called for "urgent discussions involving socialist organisations, campaigns and trade unions to build a concerted response" - in particular to the BNP MEP elections.
CNWP national chair, Dave Nellist, has written to the local trades union council in every town and city in England and Wales, asking them to consider hosting a meeting for trade unionists in their area. A copy of Dave's letter is on the CNWP website here:
We would urgently like every CNWP supporter over the next few days to further circulate this letter, either by e-mail or by post, to every trade union branch/shop stewards committee for whom you have an address, to widen the arena in which discussions are taking place. Please also consider passing it on to friends and colleagues, via e-mail or Facebook groups.
Requests for speakers as a result of the letter are already starting to arrive. The sooner we know which areas and which union bodies might be interested in a CNWP speaker the sooner we can better plan our work. The planning for, and encouragement of, wider working class, socialist challenges to the big parties at the next general election has to start now - and an important part of that work will be getting trade unionists more closely involved. Anything you can do to help will be appreciated.