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Right to Work forum meets

Issue No. 2294

Campaigners gathered in London for the Right to Work campaign’s forum on austerity and resistance last Sunday.

It discussed the way forward after recent successes in the campaign against Tory unemployment schemes that force people to work for no pay.

Left wing author Owen Jones said that such victories “embolden others who are facing attacks”.

He said, “What you’ve done is show it’s possible to organise, it’s possible to fight back—and it’s possible to win.”

A wide range of campaigns were represented at the 60-strong meeting.

These included Black Activists Rising Against Cuts and Disabled People Against Cuts, as well as healthcare, housing and climate campaigners.

Labour MP John McDonnell said grassroots campaigns were important because opposition “is not going to come from parliament”.

“Our job is to create a climate of resistance right across society,” he added.

“As soon as someone plants a flag, we have to be there in solidarity.”

The conference elected a new steering committee.

It passed a statement backing planned public sector strikes on 28 March and future initiatives by Boycott Workfare, UK Uncut and others.

Ragnhild, a student and Occupy activist, celebrated the unity and called for all the groups to “link up on the streets”.

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Tue 13 Mar 2012, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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