The Right to Work conference of resistance and solidarity on 30 January was a stunning success. It needs to be quickly followed up.
Every day there is news of drastic cuts – from education to health to councils.
Every day there is news of job losses, with the threat to 3,700 jobs at Ethel Austin stores and the 500 at Vauxhall just part of this week’s toll.
Private sector firms are freezing pay, making people work even harder and squeezing conditions.
And in every town and city there are local issues to be campaigned on.
Local Right to Work meetings can provide a focal point for trade unionists, pensioners, students, campaigners and unemployed and unorganised workers.
The Right to Work campaign is not, and should not be, the property of any political party. The conference won broad support from those inside and outside the Labour Party, and benefited from the input of speakers from the National Shop Stewards Network and the National Pensioners Convention.
Socialist Worker supporters will continue to argue for a broadly based campaign that embraces all those who want to fight cuts, job losses, war and racism.
The quicker the local networks are set up, the better shape we will all be in to spread the fightback that’s desperately needed.
The cuts have started. Our enemies are preparing an avalanche of even more drastic cuts for after the election.
Let’s be ready.