Good sense at Gramsci school
Over 90 people attended a dayschool on the revolutionary legacy of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci in Edinburgh last Saturday.
It was hosted by the International Socialism journal. Speakers included Adam Morton from the University of Oklahoma, the editor of Socialist Worker Chris Bambery and Peter Thomas from the University of Amsterdam.
The director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh opened the conference. There was an excellent debate.
A striking postal worker received a rousing welcome from the audience when he addressed the event.
The revolutionary analysis which underpinned Gramsci’s life and work was reaffirmed. The success of the conference shows the relevance of his ideas some 70 years after his death.
December day of action for planet
Campaigners are gearing up for a global day of action over climate change, to take place on Saturday 8 December.
Activists met at the Campaign Against Climate Change annual general meeting in Oxford last weekend to plan for the event.
Diana Vogtel is involved in organising the global protests. She reported that demonstrations are planned in over 60 countries.
A rally and concert will take place in Bali in Indonesia, where the United Nations will be holding talks on climate change. In Britain protesters will march in London to a rally outside the US embassy.
For further information go to » www.campaigncc.org
Amicus left meeting success
Around 120 members of the Amicus section of the Unite union met in Preston last Saturday to select candidates and agree the manifesto for the national executive elections.
The meeting of the left wing Amicus Unity Gazette group agreed to include in the manifesto resistance to Gordon Brown’s agenda of pay cuts and privatisation.
It also agreed that support for the Stop the War Coalition and CND, and opposition to the Trident nuclear weapons system, should be included in the manifesto.
Nominations for candidates open in November and the elections take place next March.
Union activists to develop network
The National Shop Stewards Network, which aims to help develop a network of shop stewards and coordinate their struggles, is planning a series of local meetings.
These include Bristol on Thursday 11 October, London on Sunday 21 October, Cardiff on Sunday 28 October, Birmingham on Saturday 24 November and Glasgow on Saturday 1 December.
For more details go to » www.shopstewards.net
Stand Up For Journalism day
Journalists in the NUJ union are gearing up for the union’s Stand Up For Journalism day of action on Monday 5 November.
The NUJ is organising a lobby of the Society of Editors conference at the Radisson Hotel on Peter Street, Manchester.? Journalists from across Britain will be attending the protest.
People will gather outside the offices of the Manchester Evening News on Hardman Street at 12.30pm on 5 November. They will march to the lobby at the Radisson Hotel.
There will be a rally in defence of journalism at 1.30pm in the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street.
BBC workers discuss job loss plans
Around 60 NUJ members at the BBC held a chapel (workplace union branch) meeting last week to discuss the rumours surrounding job losses at the corporation.
They passed a resolution reminding management of NUJ policy to oppose compulsory redundancies and said they would instruct members not to take part in selection processes which led to compulsory redundancies.
NHS together conference
Around 100 NHS workers and activists attended the Eastern NHS Together conference in Cambridge last Saturday.
Brookfields Hospital in Cambridge faces closure.
People spoke about Gordon Brown’s attack on public services, pay cuts in the public sector, and the importance of fighting these.
People committed to attending the national NHS demonstration in London on 3 November. A lively march followed the conference.