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Building the Right to Work Conference

Issue No. 2178

The Right to Work conference in Manchester on Saturday 30 January must be a major focus for the growing forces of resistance and solidarity.

The recent postal workers’ strike showed that many working people support those who fight against job losses and against the push to make workers pay for the economic crisis.

Over 150 people are already registered for the conference, but organisers expect hundreds more to take part .

Confirmed speakers include Mark Serwotka (PCS), Sally Hunt (UCU), Tony Kearns (CWU), and Jeremy Dear (NUJ). But in many ways the most important contributions will come from those actively engaged at rank and file level in the disputes that are now taking place.

Michael Bradley, from the Right to Work steering committee, says, “We want to bring together the networks of workers. This is a brilliant chance to learn from one another and spread the lessons of the fightback.

“It’s not just for trade unionists, and it won’t just be about workplace struggle. We are having speakers and workshops on issues like the war in Afghanistan, anti-racist battles, decent housing, and so on.

“It won’t be a talking shop. We want to organise initiatives from the conference.

“We want to people to bring their own ideas to the conference and to go away with stronger organisation.”

Register online at » or send a cheque payable to Manchester TUC to Right to Work, 22 Milborne Street, London E9 6RD.

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Tue 17 Nov 2009, 17:15 GMT
Issue No. 2178
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