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Support grows for protest at Labour Party conference

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2162

Activists are leaping into action ahead of the demonstration outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton on Sunday 27 September.

The UCU, PCS, NUJ and NUT unions all back the protest and trade union activists are mobilising to win support for it in their local branches.

The demonstration can be a central rallying point for workers resisting the government’s attacks.

Postal workers are taking part in a major struggle against attacks on their conditions.

Paul Garraway is branch secretary of the postal workers’ CWU union South Central No 1 branch.

Paul’s branch has passed a motion supporting the demonstration at New Labour’s conference.

He told Socialist Worker, “We want to support and promote the demonstration.

“At our branch we had a long discussion about resisting post privatisation.


“When I visit other branches and offices people often question why the CWU still gives money to Labour. That’s why we want to go and put pressure on the government.

“The protest falls in the middle of our national dispute – we want to make it a focus.

“As it is on a Sunday it is ideal for post workers. We want to get a load of people down.”

Several NUT teachers’ union branches have also passed the motion.

Jane Bassett, president of Hackney NUT, said, “We passed support for the demonstration unanimously.

“It was at the end of term though, so it is important that we get moving at the start of next term and get people to come on the protest.”

Union branches and activists are booking transport from different parts of the country, which is beginning to fill up.

Tickets are selling fast for the London to Brighton train.

Several union bodies, including Waltham Forest trades council and Islington NUT, have made block bookings for the train.

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2162
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