Socialist Worker

SWP conference 2012: How we can build the fightback in our workplaces

Issue No. 2285

Michael Bradley, an SWP industrial organiser, opened a session on class struggle and organising in workplaces.

He said, “There is an upward trajectory in the class struggle in Britain.

“It’s also true that N30 didn’t undo all the experiences of the past 30 years, which include big defeats.

“There is anger and also a lack of confidence. While most people want to fight, they’ll fight when they are given the official lead.”

Michael said that Unite the Resistance could “boost the confidence of the rank and file”.

He added, “We need to make sure key militants get Socialist Worker to read but also to sell to help shape the situation.

“We need to fight to win every militant to the SWP now while the opportunities are there for us.”

Delegates drew lessons from successful struggles they had been involved in—including a strike at Langdon school in east London and the ongoing electricians’ protests.

An electrician from the London rank and file committee said their fight had the potential to “transform the whole industry”.

He said, “Our dispute has been pretty much rank and file led all the way. We’ve had to put pressure on Unite from below.”

Joe, a charity worker, talked about the need to build industrial sales of Socialist Worker.

Other speakers pointed to the importance of socialists intervening in every dispute and struggle.

George from Barnsley talked about how SWP members had intervened in recent bus strikes in the city (see page 15).

He said, “We invited strikers to come to a Socialist Worker sale to join us for a collection.

“This showed them that turning outwards and looking for support is really important.”

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