Socialist Worker

Where next for Right to Work campaign?

Issue No. 2187

“Today has been inspirational but we have to move on from just being inspired”, Raymond from the steering committee told the conference’s final session.

He was presenting a statement of Right to Work’s aims and objectives.

During the day people put forward 11 amendments.

Activists accepted all of these and overwhelmingly voted to back the document.

“We have to talk about how we can go back into our localities, how we are going to set up groups work together and fight together,” Raymond continued.

The conference agreed that activists must organise to support the following mobilisations:

  • Protest at the Tory spring conference, Brighton, which is on 27 and 28 February.
  • Demonstrate in defence of the welfare state and public services, London, 10 April.

Activists agreed to build Right to Work groups across Britain.

Michael Bradley from the steering committee said, “We need permanent networks of solidarity in every area to bring struggles together.

“At its heart has to be the militant activity of rank and file workers.”

He also spoke about the need to organise the unemployed and unorganised workers, winning young workers to joining trade unions and building rank and file confidence.

“We have to talk about the democratic alternatives to the madness of the system we live under. We have to start raising the word socialism.

“The scale of the attacks we are facing is enormous.

“That means we have to build unity on our side.”

The conference elected a new steering committee of 25. Supporting organisations will also have representatives. These include the Labour Representation Committee, National Shop Stewards Network, National Pensioners Convention, Stop the War Coalition, Unite Against Fascism and the Unemployed Workers Union.

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