THE CONVENTION of the Trade Union Left set for February will bring trade unionists together to debate the vital issue of political representation. Mick Skiggs is chair of the RMT rail union's Portsmouth branch. He says, 'The expulsion of George Galloway is a further example of New Labour's control freakery and how at odds it is with the interests of working people.
'It underlines the decision my union took to open up our political fund to allow backing for candidates other than Labour. We still support 11 socialist MPs in the Labour Party, but we are not prepared to put all our eggs in one basket. My branch has passed a resolution-to be ratified by head office-donating £100 to the convention and sending three delegates. It will be a very important gathering of trade union activists to discuss what form of political representation we need and how to challenge New Labour.'
Several trade union leaders have already agreed to speak at the convention, which is initiated by the Socialist Alliance but aimed at opening up a much wider debate and discussion. They include Bob Crow of the RMT, Mark Serwotka of the PCS and Paul Mackney of Natfhe.
Trade unionists should raise the convention, and get their union branch to sponsor it and send delegates. Full details from Convention of the Trade Union Left, 121 Merrow Street, London SE17 2NX or phone 07743 325 932 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org