Over 250 delegates and observers attended the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference last Saturday.
The best moments were when people spoke of their experiences of fighting against the pay curbs and organising at work. Activists who had been part of the united strike on
24 April and those who were building support for the strikes on 16 and 17 July spoke.
Many contributions addressed the need for a political alternative to Labour. This discussion needs to continue inside the NSSN, but without alienating Labour supporters or restricting the network to those who support one or other of the potential alternatives to Labour.
One of the highlights of the day was hearing from members of the longshore workers’ union which closed 29 ports on the west coast of the US on 1 May in protest at the war in Iraq.
Socialist Worker supporters will continue to build the network, and to seek its support for other initiatives such as Public Services Not Private Profit.