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Campaigners have wasted no time in following up the Right to Work (RTW) conference held in Manchester last month.


Around 60 trade unionists and students came to a meeting on Tuesday last week in Brighton.

RTW has called a lobby of the Tories’ spring conference in Brighton on Sunday 28 February.

Mike Waterman said, “Lots of different groups came, including workers from Edwards, a solar technology factory that is closing.

“One union official said they could only fight for better redundancy terms. Others wanted to fight for jobs.”

Around 20 students came from Sussex University.


Activists met last Monday. Hannah, a student from Portsmouth University, was one of them.

“I’m coming to the lobby of the Tory Party spring conference and lots of other students are interested in it,” she told Socialist Worker.

“The Tories will wreck education if they get in.”


RTW met on Monday. Four Fujitsu workers, students, a Unite rep from a local bus garage and a construction worker who has fought blacklisting were there.

The meeting called a protest at Media City over union rights and in defence of migrant workers for 4 March.


Representatives came from a number of trade unions to a local meeting last week. They included the PCS, Napo, the NUT and the NUJ.

Students, and campaigners from the National Pensioners’ Convention joined them.

The meeting set up a local committee with representatives from the Labour Representation Committee, Sheffield Pensioners Action Group and trade unions on it.


Around 40 people met and set up a local RTW committee last week.

Workers in the NUJ, CWU and Unite unions, a Green Party councillor, the Glasgow Met College student union president and students fighting cuts at Strathclyde and Glasgow universities are on the committee.


EIS, Unison and UCU union members joined students at a RTW meeting last week.

They have organised a launch meeting for 4 March.

Activists in Edinburgh and Glasgow are building for a protest to defend education on Saturday 6 March in Glasgow.

Protest at the Tory Party spring conference, Sunday 28 February, 11am, outside the Hilton Metropole.

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Tue 16 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2189
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