MORE THAN 180 trade union activists from across London and the south of England met at the TUC on Thursday of last week to launch a campaign to build union support for the European Social Forum (ESF).
This takes place in London from 14 to 17 October.
An upbeat call came from Unison’s Greater London convenor, Geoff Martin, for wide spread participation in the event.
Geoff declared that “the principles of the ESF should be the core business of trade unions”.
He also emphasised the need to reach out to the young people, including school students, who had been involved in the mass mobilisations to stop the war against Iraq.
Barry Camfield, the assistant general secretary of the TGWU union, said that the neo-liberal agenda has met its only serious challenge through the anti-capitalist movement.
To date some 1,200 proposals for different seminars and workshops have been registered with the ESF website.
The ESF will culminate in a central London demonstration against the neo-liberal agenda of privatisation and welfare cuts, and Bush and Blair’s wars.
And all this just a fortnight before the US presidential election.