Trade unionists, unemployed people, students and others will gather in Manchester at the end of next month for a massive conference of solidarity and resistance, hosted by the Right to Work campaign.
The national executive of the UCU lecturers’ union last week voted to back the event.
One of its workshops will focus on the mounting opposition to course closures and redundancies in universities.
A student from Birmingham University’s “Save our Sociology” campaign last week addressed a 30-strong Right to Work planning meeting in the city.
Joining the platform was Richard McEwan, a lecturer at Tower Hamlets College, who explained how an all-out strike and the mass involvement of students and the community stopped redundancies there.
A Unison union rep, a postal worker who had been involved in solidarity work for this autumn’s strikes and two relatives involved in the campaign to stop the closure of Edwin Arrowsmith care home came to the meeting.
Elsewhere, Jen in Manchester reports, “Every trade union and community group is being approached so that we don’t miss the chance to get sponsorship.
“Regular workplace visiting is being organised to raise awareness of the event.”
Among the latest groups to back the conference are the Cambridge, Chesterfield and Brent trades councils, CWU South Central Number 1 branch, Essex University NUS, Fujitsu Manchester representatives’ committee, Wembley and Hendon 0620 Unite and Leicester 0168M Unite branches.
Speakers at the conference will include former Vestas workers, who occupied against the closure of their plant, an activist on London buses and a Superdrug worker, whose strike stopped a union-busting management.
Right to Work campaigners will be leafleting every workplace facing job losses or closure, building the conference among college students and ensuring the biggest possible turnout in Manchester on 30 January.
The conference will involve a number of workshops, including organising migrant workers, the fight to save our services, how students and workers can unite to stop education cuts, stopping the jobs massacre and much more.
Each will discuss and plan for action.
Make sure you book your place now and move support for the event at your next union or campaign group meeting.
Right to Work: A conference of solidarity and resistance, Saturday 30 January, Manchester. Registration £5 waged, £1 unwaged. For more info and to book go to » www.righttowork.org.uk