More than 250 activists from trade unions and the Labour left gathered in central London last Saturday for the annual conference of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC).
The conference discussed how the left can fight back in the economic crisis. It voted to campaign for joint industrial action, and to keep trying to get the anti-union laws repealed.
It also backed a statement that says “the left has a critical responsibility to unite in campaigning to protect people from the ravages of a crisis of capitalism in which they are the victims.”
LRC chair John McDonnell MP said “the left must rise to the challenge”.
The LRC was set up to pull the Labour Party to the left and to act as a bridge between left wingers inside and outside the Labour Party.
Since McDonnell failed to win enough nominations to stand against Gordon Brown for Labour leader last year the LRC has concentrated on organising within the unions at grassroots level with initiatives such as Public Services Not Private Profit.