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TRADE UNION LEADERS AND LEFT ACTIVISTS MEET TO DISCUSS HOW WE CAN FIGHT FOR A WORKING CLASS POLITICAL VOICE
For immediate use 25 June 2008
On Sunday 29 June, RMT general secretary Bob Crow, PCS vice-president John McInally and a number of leading left activists will meet to discuss how we can effectively fight for a working class political voice.
This discussion is taking place at a time when the traditional link between Labour and the unions is being tried more than ever before. As reported by Paul Mason on Newsnight, a resolution calling for UNISON to review its affiliation to the Labour party was only narrowly defeated on a card vote at their national conference last week.
At the same time, attacks on working people’s wages and conditions continue apace under Brown. Just this week, public sector workers in the union UNISON voted for strike action against a below-inflation pay deal and will likely be joined by civil servants in the PCS union when they take action on 17 & 18 July.
Many trade unionists see the madness in handing millions of pounds over to an openly-big business party while at the same time being forced into industrial action by that same party’s attacks.
One year into a Brown government and the Tories are leading in the polls with 45% to New Labours lackluster 25%. This following the council elections in May and the Crewe & Nantwich by-election raises the spectre of a Cameron-led government following the next general election.
Few workers want a return of the Tories - working-class communities across the country still have deep scars from last time they were in power - but many workers will no longer hold their noses and vote Labour to keep the Tories out.
The discussion taking place this Sunday will be an important step towards building a political alternative for the millions, not the millionaires that can support workers forced into struggle and oppose the cuts & privatisation agenda that the establishment parties are all united on.
Pete McLaren CNWP Press Officer
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Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237