Some 500 delegates from the Prospect union met in Liverpool for the union’s conference last week.
Prospect is the eighth largest TUC-affiliated union. While it is very much on the right of the movement, the pressure of events is creating space for socialists to get a hearing.
The threat of massive job cuts in the civil service meant that the executive had to back calls for joint campaigning.
The executive also agreed – after demands from delegates – that industrial action could be on the agenda.
A motion opposing the anti-union laws was lost but got broader backing than previously. Delegates also applauded the defeat of the BNP in Barking and backed a higher profile for the union’s anti-fascist work.
For the first time there is the possibility of a network of left activists in the union.
There is still much work to do for the fights to come.