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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?
For the millions, not the millionaires!
The case for a new mass workers' party
Roy Hattersley, who has managed to move from the right to the left of the Labour Party by simply standing still, went so far as to say:
"There is a legitimate argument in favour of separation [of the unions from New Labour]. Without the obligation to pussyfoot to protect politicians seeking re-election, the unions could pursue their members’ interests with a single-minded determination.
For the first time in a century, the case for disaffiliation is being canvassed. "
What Hattersley wants, whether unions are affiliated to the Labour Party or not, is essentially non-political trade unionism, which we do not support.
However, the case for disaffiliation is indisputable.
One threat of strike action has got more out of the New Labour government for trade unionists than eight years of funding New Labour.
For trade unions to continue spending their members’ money on Labour affiliation fees amounts to give money to their worst enemies.
It is a step forward that the RMT and the FBU (Fire Brigades’ Union) are no longer funding New Labour.
As Tony Maguire, of the Northern Ireland FBU, explained when he moved the historical proposal for the FBU to disaffiliate from New Labour, this is not about ‘non-political trade unionism’ but building a class struggle based alternative:
"Our choice is whether to stay in the Labour Party, docile and tame, or leave and fight like tigers for what these class traitors have denied us... The future starts here and the future starts now...You have the power - you can do it."
We need a new party that will actually fight ‘like tigers’ in the interests of trade unionists and the working class.
This is not specific to Britain.
In most countries of the world working people have been left without political representation and are facing the task of struggling to build new parties.
In a number of countries the process has advanced further than we have in Britain as yet.
The recent success of the new left party in Germany, winning 8.8% of the vote and 54 MPs, gives a glimpse of the potential for a new left force.