Socialist Worker

The SWP: resisting war and recession

by Sian Ruddick
Issue No. 2121

The current economic turbulence is leading large numbers of people, students and workers alike, to question the system and look for an alternative to war and capitalism.

Large numbers of students at many universities have joined the Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS), a national network of socialist students.

Many of the best experiences have come at campuses that don’t have a long tradition of activism.

Marike Mueller at King’s College London told Socialist Worker, “Over 200 people joined SWSS at the university.

“Many people at our Freshers’ Fair said that they were socialists and that they wanted to become more involved in activism on campus.”

Student groups and Socialist Workers Party (SWP) branches are holding public meetings across the country on the economic crisis.

Simon from Bristol said, “There was a real buzz at our meeting on the economic crisis.

“Lots of young people, students, trade unionists and activists from Stop the War and Defend Council Housing also made plans to campaign over poverty and inequality and signed the People Before Profit Charter.”


Ideological discussions sparked by the crisis are taking place alongside action by ordinary people to resist government attempts to make them pay for it.

Workers in several industries are balloting over pay – including in the NUT, UCU, PCS and Unite unions.

Socialist Worker supporters are mobilising for the biggest vote for resistance.

Bus drivers in London are involved in several ballots for action that could see united strikes by workers across different bus companies.

In one sign of the increasing interest in radical ideas, more than 70 bus workers bought Socialist Worker across London last week.

And across the country 363 people joined SWSS at Manchester University, 160 at the University of Kent and 146 at Edinburgh University.

Some 408 people joined the Stop the War Coalition group at Manchester, with 200 joining at Leeds University, and 150 at Liverpool.

Workers and students in the SWP in many parts of the country are helping to initiate protests and debates with others involved in campaigns such as the People Before Profit Charter and Public Services Not Private Profit.

We need more people to get involved and to help build action against war and neoliberalism.

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SWP members meeting “Socialists and the Crisis – A Call to Action” Wednesday 8 October, 7pm, ULU, central London

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Tue 30 Sep 2008, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2121
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