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Delegates gather for Prospect conference

by Keith Flett
Issue No. 2205

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.

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Tue 8 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2205
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